$3M Queen Creek Tunnel Lighting Project Begins Jan.25; Ends July, 2016; Motorists Should Anticipate Delays

Queen Creek Tunnel lighting project starting
on US 60 east of Superior

New light-emitting diode (LED) lighting system being installed in tunnel.

The Arizona Department of Transportation will be starting a new lighting project beginning Monday, Jan. 25, to replace the existing lighting system in Queen Creek Tunnel. The tunnel is located on US 60 at milepost 228 just east of Superior.

The $3 million project, which is scheduled for completion by the end of July 2016, will include:

  • Removing the interior lighting and installing a LED lighting system
  • Replacing the exterior lighting at both ends of the tunnel
  • Retrofitting the current electrical control building
  • Cleaning the tunnel walls and ceiling

The removal and installation of the lighting in the tunnel will require lane closures during different phases of the work. Crews will be removing the old lighting system from both sides of the tunnel and installing the new lighting system down the center of the ceiling in the tunnel. During these times, different lanes within the tunnel will need to be closed for crews to work safely in those areas.

The speed limit will be reduced, barricades and barrier wall will be installed and lanes will be narrowed. Officers will be present during these restrictions to strictly enforce all traffic laws. Due to the limited work area within the tunnel it is imperative all motorists obey the traffic control changes for the workers’ safety.

Work hours will be Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Toward the end of the project US 60 will be closed in both directions for crews to clean the tunnel walls and ceiling. Those times and dates will be advertised when they get closer.

Drivers are asked to use caution, expect lane closures, watch for construction equipment and personnel, and allow extra time for your commute.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur.

For more information about this project, please call Rod Wigman at 928-308-8233, or email rwigman@azdot.gov.

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