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In all construction zones, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, as well as continue to be cautious of heavy equipment and construction personnel in the area. 

White Sands Missile Range Notification

For information regarding closures you may call WSMR at 678-1178 or 678-2222 for updates.  

Traffic updates are posted on the NMDOT traffic advisory web-site at http://nmroads.com and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.

Interstates:

I-25, Mile Marker 5.7, Las Cruces

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have lane closures on the southbound driving lane of Interstate 25 at milepost 5.7 for rock placement. Traffic will have reduced speed limits to 45 mph and area may be congested. Construction hours will be Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and is expected to be completed by May 2019.

I-25, Mile Marker 71 to 64 southbound, Truth or Consequences

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have lane closures on the southbound lanes of Interstate 25 from milepost 71 to 64 for road repairs. Traffic will have reduced speed limits to 55 mph. Construction hours will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2019.

I-10, Mile Marker 133 to 164, Las Cruces to Texas State Line

Valley Fence (Contractor) is currently performing guardrail replacement along Interstate 10 in Dona Ana Co. starting at milepost 133 to the Texas State line. Traffic will encounter lane closures including intermittent overnight closures on the eastbound driving lane from milepost 155 to 160. Expect reduced interstate speed limits for safety. No closures expected to exits or on/off ramps.

US Roadways:

US 60, Mile Marker 103 to 112, Magdalena

Cutler Repaving (Contractor) will be repaving the existing surface along US 60. A 12 foot width restriction will be in place. Traffic will encounter a pilot car and flagging operation starting at milepost 103 to 108. Construction hours will be Monday through Sunday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and is expected to be completed by summer 2019.

State Roadways:

NM 494, Main St from Motel Drive to 7th St, Lordsburg

A Mountain Construction (Contractor) will be performing sidewalk and ADA improvements along Main Street from Motel Drive to 7th Street. Area of construction will be on Main Street from Railway to Motel Dr, with only shoulder work at this time. Sidewalks will be closed during construction. Hours will be from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday and is expected to be completed by late summer 2019. 

NM 169, Mile Marker 30, Alamo

Kimo Constructors, Inc. (Contractor) will continue with Bridge Preservation, Bank Armoring, Rip Rap and miscellaneous construction of the Rio Arriba Bridge/Arroyo. All lanes will remain open with only shoulder work at this time. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

NM 1, Mile Marker 60, Socorro

H.O. Construction (Contractor) is currently performing drainage and erosion control to the Bridge Structure on NM 1 at milepost 60.2 to 60.5 in Socorro County. All lanes are open to traffic, shoulder work will continue at this time. Construction hours will be from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday with completion by late summer 2019. 

NM 181, Mile Marker 3 to 4, T or C 

La Calerita (Contractor) is currently performing bridge replacement and roadway reconstruction operations on NM 181 in Sierra County. NM 181 will be CLOSED during construction with a detour in place. The closure will be 24 hours a day, construction hours will be from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Construction is expected to be completed by late summer 2019. 

NM 188 Valley Drive/ NM 28 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces

AUI, Inc. (Contractor) is currently performing roadway reconstruction, utility replacements and lighting/signalization improvements on Valley Drive and Avenida de Mesilla. Currently the (2) active zones of construction are on Valley Drive from Picacho to Amador and on Avenida de Mesilla from Valley Drive to Hickory. The contractor will continue with a seven (7) day work schedule with extended work hours in order to expedite the completion of the project to early 2020.

Valley Drive between Picacho and Amador, traffic is currently detoured onto the southbound lanes as the northbound lanes are closed for construction. Van Patten, Brownlee, McFee and Hayner will be closed intermittently at Valley for multiple utility installations. Valley Drive is reduced to one lane in each direction at Avenida de Mesilla.

Avenida de Mesilla (NM 28), all traffic is currently detoured onto the eastbound lanes to allow complete reconstruction on westbound lanes. Traffic on Hickory will be detoured onto the southbound lanes to allow construction of the northbound lanes.

Picacho has the westbound right thru lane closed at Valley Drive, scheduled to reopen in the next week.  

For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com or www.valleydrive.net

NM 15 “Pinos Altos”, Mile Marker 0 to 1.21, Silver City

TLC Construction (Contractor) will be continuing roadway reconstruction, installation of curb and gutter, sidewalk and bike lanes. Traffic can expect lanes closures for paving. Contractor's hours of operation will be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; closures and traffic control shall remain in place 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Construction is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2019.

NM 136 “Pete V Domenici Hwy”, Mile Marker 0.448 to 9.168, Santa Teresa 

FNF Construction, INC. (Contractor) continues with roadway reconstruction, roadway rehabilitation, bridge rehabilitation, signalization & lighting along NM 136, Pete V Domenici Intl. Hwy. Traffic will encounter lane closures as well as detours with an 11’ width restriction in effect throughout the project; traffic will have only single lanes of travel both northbound and southbound. The work zone will be from milepost 4.41 to 6.32 working in the northbound lanes. Contractor’s hours of operation will be from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday; lane closures and traffic control shall remain in place 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

NM 498 “Racetrack Drive” Mile Marker 0.600 to 0.900, Sunland Park 

Hasse Contracting Co., Inc. (Contractor) construction is currently on suspension. NM 498 is closed from Doniphan Drive to Futurity Drive; detour is in place on Sunland Park Drive. Construction by the contractor will resume on June 4, with the project estimated to be complete by September 2019.

NM 273 “McNutt Road” Mile Marker 0 - 3, Sunland Park 

Constructors, Inc. (Contractor) continues with roadway reconstruction, rehabilitation, signalization & lighting along NM 273 “McNutt Rd”. Traffic is being diverted from southbound driving lanes to northbound driving lanes with a single lane of travel in each direction. Traffic can expect to be rerouted onto the eastbound lanes for paving of the westbound lanes. Loma Vista St, 4th Street and 5th Street and are closed for continued construction and utility relocation. Nighttime operations are now in effect in order to minimize impacts to business. The contractor’s hours of operation will be from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2019.

Chip Seal Projects, Sierra Co:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will be performing “Fog Sealing” with Brooming operations in Sierra Co.  Speed limit will be reduced, traffic will encounter no center stripe and there will be loose gravel on roadway. Traffic will encounter lane drops with pilot car and flagging operations.   

Roadways affected will be:

NM 1 from mile post 25 to 0

Las Cruces Projects – City of Las Cruces:

Arroyo Road

From Red Hawk Golf Road to Sonoma Ranch Blvd will be closed to through traffic.  Motorists will be asked to decrease speed and follow detours around the construction zone.

Brownlee Avenue

From Fifth Street to Sixth Street will be closed to through traffic.  Access to residents will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed, follow the posted detour routes around the construction zone, and should proceed with caution.

Third Street

From Picacho Avenue to Brownlee will be closed to through traffic.  Access to businesses will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed, follow the posted detour routes around the construction zone, and should proceed with caution.

Sixth Street

From Hadley to McFie will be closed to through traffic.  Access to businesses will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed, follow the posted detour routes around the construction zone, and should proceed with caution.

Church Street

From Las Cruces Avenue to the roundabout will have one lane closed to traffic.  Access to businesses will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed, follow the posted detour routes around the construction zone, and should proceed with caution.

Water Street

From Las Cruces Avenue to the roundabout will have one lane closed to traffic.  Access to businesses will be maintained at all times. Motorists will be asked to decrease speed, follow the posted detour routes around the construction zone, and should proceed with caution.

Downtown Las Cruces

From Bowman Ave. to Las Cruces Ave. has a new traffic pattern. Traffic has been converted to two-way traffic and the change is permanent.

Main Street

From Picacho Ave. to the Downtown roundabout will have one lane closed to traffic. In addition, the left turn lane at the intersection of Picacho Ave. will be closed.  Access to businesses will be maintained at all times.

El Paso Projects – Go 10/Border West Expressway

Closures are posted on the TxDOT website: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-center/local-news/el-paso.html

PLEASE NOTE: Conditions are subject to change without notice. Double fines for speeding in work zones may be in effect.

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