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Main Street in east Mesa is getting a $38.5 million upgrade

Main Street in east Mesa is getting a $38.5 million upgrade from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The project, called U.S. 60X, will include various improvements to the 5-mile stretch between Sossaman Road in Mesa and Meridian Road in Apache Junction.

The project will add new sidewalks, improved lighting and upgraded driveways to ease access to local businesses. 

ADOT is responsible for the road due to its old designation as U.S. 60. Once the upgrade is complete, Maricopa County will take ownership of the road.

Construction began this week and is projected to take two years to complete.  Most of the work is expected to take place on weekdays, with one lane open in each direction. Business access will not be affected.

For more information on the project, visit  azdot.gov/projects/central-district-projects/us-60x-sossaman-meridian-corridor-improvements.

Jacob Suever joined KJZZ as an intern in January 2024. Suever is currently studying for his bachelor’s degree in sports journalism at Arizona State University. Previously, Suever has interned with PBS NewsHour West as a production intern, as well as with the San Francisco Giants as a scoreboard operator.Suever is currently the broadcast director and play-by-play voice for Phoenix College Athletics, and is aiming to broadcast more than 60 baseball and basketball games this season. Suever, an Atlanta native, has a huge passion for radio broadcasting. He says his inspiration throughout his childhood and early college career has been Steve Holman, radio voice of the Atlanta Hawks.Outside of the arena, Suever is also passionate about his community, and understands the importance that local news can play on the well-being, safety and health of a population.Growing up, Suever had a very unique educational experience. Suever transitioned from Atlanta Public Schools at the elementary level to attend the prestigious Ron Clark Academy, a school that gave Suever the ability to see the world in a different way. By age 14, Suever had traveled to more than 20 states, to five countries and to three continents. To this day, Suever employs some of the techniques he learned in middle school to communicate and connect with others around the globe.Suever hopes to use his opportunity with KJZZ to continue to expand his knowledge as a reporter and use his stories to make a positive impact in the community.