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DJStephens:
    Part of Gary Johnson's four lane program.  Believe only reason US 285 was included in that, is due to the fact the route was designated as part of the WIPP waste route from Los Alamos to the WIPP facility near Carlsbad.   
    Like the rest of Johnson's program this particular route's rebuild fell short in several areas.   Medians too narrow, they certainly could have been opened up to the full 88 feet in desolate areas.  Shoulders often were "half" shoulders, only six feet wide or so.   Vertical and horizontal curves not always optimum.   

kinupanda:
Drove the stretch northbound from the NM 599 Relief Route to NM 502 (I was cutting across to Los Alamos) in March. The artwork on the overpasses did catch my eye.

CanesFan27:

In October 2007, I made my first visit to New Mexico.  My first full day there, I took a lengthy loop into Northern New Mexico and briefly into Colorado.  That one trip had me hooked! I hope you enjoy!

https://www.gribblenation.org/2019/07/looking-back-2010-new-mexico-visit.html

DJStephens:
University Avenue / I-25 interchange (Exit 1) is slated to begin reconstruction January 2nd.   Two large traffic circles are included to connect the myriad ramps and frontage roads near the interchange and the state University.   Kind of bizarre, maybe it will work.   Last of the seven Interstate interchanges in the general area to undergo major rehabilitation and or reconstruction.  Most of these rehabs and replacements (since 2000) with the exception of Motel Blvd (i-10 Exit 139) have fallen well short of ideal.   

JKRhodes:

--- Quote from: DJStephens on December 26, 2019, 01:57:14 PM ---University Avenue / I-25 interchange (Exit 1) is slated to begin reconstruction January 2nd.   Two large traffic circles are included to connect the myriad ramps and frontage roads near the interchange and the state University.   Kind of bizarre, maybe it will work.   Last of the seven Interstate interchanges in the general area to undergo major rehabilitation and or reconstruction.  Most of these rehabs and replacements (since 2000) with the exception of Motel Blvd (i-10 Exit 139) have fallen well short of ideal.

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I remember going to NMSU and routinely seeing traffic back up onto Southbound I-25 from the University exit; lots of accidents. They lengthened the deceleration lane as a stopgap measure, but it still gets bad when school is in session. I can imagine it's even worse today with more students commuting from Sonoma Ranch and other points north. The roundabouts and underpass will allow traffic coming off of I-25, as well as Triviz, more direct access to the Pan American Center. This should take a lot of pressure off of the intersection at Triviz and University, and in turn, reduce backups on Mainline I-25.

As for the intersections east of I-25, I'm not a big fan of having three intersections  (I-25 ramps, Don Roser, Telshor) in such close proximity, and this project won't do anything to address that. Then again I don't know if any improvements over there would be warranted at this time anyway.

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