The Latest: 24-mile stretch of I-40 closed in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico weather (all times local):
A 24-mile (39-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 40 in central New Mexico is closed to traffic in both directions because of blizzard conditions.
According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation's road-conditions website , the closure Friday is between Moriarity and Clines Corner.
Airport expansion eyed for New Mexico’s booming oil region
LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Officials in southeastern New Mexico's booming oil and gas region want to expand their regional airport.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports Lea County commissioners voted last week to seek a construction contractor to start expansion at the Lea County Regional Airport.
Officials: Carlsbad sinkhole to take 2 years to fill
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A massive sinkhole on the southern edge of Carlsbad and along a busy intersection will take officials two years to fill.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports New Mexico Department of Transportation engineer Tim Parker said last week the $43 million project will proceed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as workers fill in the sinkhole with 300,000 to 1 million cubic yards of materials.
Blowing dust hampering drivers in Arizona and New Mexico
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Blowing winds and low visibility has forced the closure of two central Arizona highways and also hampered drivers in New Mexico.
Arizona Department of Transportation officials say State Route 347 was closed in both directions north of Maricopa Thursday afternoon, causing long backups.
Interstate 10 also was closed in both directions near Casa Grande due to limited viability.
There's no immediate timetable for the re-opening of either highway.
Crews with the New Mexico Department of Transportation have been working around the clock this week to prepare safe walking areas along the route to El Santuario de Chimayó in preparation for the Good Friday pilgrimage, which draws tens of thousands of faithful each year.
Maintenance crews have been setting up traffic-control devices and pedestrian signs, the agency said in a news release issued earlier this week.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A stretch of highway in southeast New Mexico will be designated as a safety corridor, allowing police to double the fines for traffic violations.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation on Thursday announced the designation for the section of U.S. Highway 285 from the town of Loving to the border with Texas.
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation has issued a weather advisory about high winds and blowing dust in Hidalgo and Luna counties.
Department officials say visibility is low due to blowing dust Sunday afternoon.
They are advising drivers of high-profile vehicles to use caution if they are driving through the two counties.
NM officials report difficult conditions on icy roadways
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation is reporting difficult driving conditions on NM 159 in the Mogollon area due to packed snow and ice on the roadway.
The department said Tuesday that NM 78 from mile marker 0 to 4 also has packed snow and is icy in spots.
Historic New Mexico bridge over river to be decommissioned
SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — A historic bridge that spans the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico is slated to be decommissioned now that it has been deemed structurally deficient.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration held a meeting Wednesday to update community members on the status of the U.S. 64 San Juan Bridge Crossing Project.
State putting up warning signs after deadly dust storms
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation says it will put up warning signs along a dust-prone stretch of I-10 near the Arizona-New Mexico border where many people have died.
KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2wVHFNa ) the state is spending $5 million on the warning system. The signs will tell drivers what precautions to take during a dust storm. They will be placed at every 2 miles (3 kilometers), beginning at Lordsburg.
LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) — A section of Interstate 10 near the New Mexico-Arizona border was closed for nearly two hours due to high winds and blowing dust.
New Mexico Department of Transportation officials say the westbound lanes of the freeway were re-opened around 6 p.m. Monday but only the passing lane of eastbound I-10 is open at this time.
Traffic was diverted onto U.S. 70 after visibility became low in the Lordsburg area around 4 p.m.
LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) — A section of Interstate 10 near the New Mexico-Arizona border has re-opened after being closed for a few hours due to high winds and blowing dust in the Lordsburg area.
New Mexico Department of Transportation officials say traffic was diverted onto U.S. 70 after visibility became low in the Lordsburg area Wednesday afternoon.
A 2013 study for the New Mexico Department of Transportation proposed putting concrete or cable barriers in the middle of U.S. 550 as one of several possible ways to reduce the number of fatal collisions from vehicles crossing the highway’s narrow median into oncoming traffic.
RATON, N.M. (AP) — Northbound Interstate 25 is closed in northern New Mexico near the Colorado line due to blizzard or white-out conditions from the bottom of a spring storm in Colorado.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation says northbound I-25 was closed Friday morning between Raton and Raton Pass, which is on the state line.
The National Weather Service says snowfall and strong winds will continue in the Raton area and other mountain areas of northern New Mexico through midday Friday.
Megan McCawley-Rivera and Kelly Eggert both wore two wedding bands each Tuesday morning when they stepped into the Capitol in Santa Fe.
McCawley-Rivera doesn’t take off her husband’s ring. She refused to have it re-sized after he died and instead added extra metal to the inside of the band so it would fit on her finger. There it sits, like it did on her husband’s, a year ago.
Car crash in New Mexico snarls freeway traffic in Arizona
LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) — The eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona are now reopened after being closed for several hours after a car accident in New Mexico.
Arizona Department of Transportation officials say Thursday afternoon's closure was about 70 miles east of Tucson.
Traffic was being directed onto a roughly 100-mile detour along U.S. Highway 191 to Safford and then eastbound on U.S. Highway 70.
New Mexico launches anti-DWI campaign to curb over-serving
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation has launched a new campaign aimed at curbing the over-serving of alcohol to patrons at bars and other establishments around the state.
The campaign has been dubbed "Buzzkill." It includes ads emphasizing the responsibility of bartenders and servers to cut off patrons when they've had too much to drink.
Mobile is the new cachet for businesses and one Santa Fe man is bringing that convenience to workplace drug testing.
Ken Smithson is the owner of the newly opened ADAMPA LLC, which stands for Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Associates.
New Mexico adds safety markings to freeway interchange
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation is adding new safety markings to interstate interchanges near Santa Fe.
The New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2emzWz4 ) that officials are adding bright white directional arrows and reflectors to the Interstate 25-U.S. 285 interchange near Eldorado.
I am writing to add my support to beg the New Mexico Department of Transportation to please enact safeguards at the Interstate 25 and U.S. 285 interchange (“Third wrong-way driver in month arrested near S.F.,” Oct. 17). This exit ramp has proved to be challenging, even for sober drivers in broad daylight. At night, this intersection is poorly lit and marked and, as a result, we continue to see death in the northbound lanes. Perhaps Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Church should have to call personally on the families of those killed to explain why nothing has been done to assist drivers to avoid mistakes at this obviously poorly designed crossroad. Please reconsider your decision to leave this interchange as is. Lives are depending on it.