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US 62/US 180 in Guadalupe Mountains

Started by Max Rockatansky, December 02, 2023, 07:36:03 PM

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Max Rockatansky

US Route 62/US Route 180 between El Paso, Texas and Carlsbad, New Mexico passes through the Guadalupe Mountains.  The Guadalupe Mountains comprise the highest peaks of Texas which are largely protected as part Guadalupe Mountains National Park.  The automotive highway through the Guadalupe Mountains was constructed in the late 1920s as part of Texas State Road 54.  US Route 62 was extended from Carlsbad through the Guadalupe Mountains to El Paso during 1932.  US Route 62 was joined in the Guadalupe Mountains by US Route 180 in 1943.  The Guadalupe Mountains comprise a portion of the 130 mile "No Services" zone on US Route 62/US Route 180 between El Paso-Carlsbad.


I think US-62 needs to be four-laned from El Paso to the New Mexico border (where US-62 is four laned up to Carlsbad). In El Paso US-62/180 drops from being a 4-lane divided highway to a 2-lane road going thru the Hueco Mountains. Then it's mostly a 2-lane highway until getting near Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Going by the National Park the highway is a mix of 3-lane and 4-lane highway. I'm sure the extra lanes were added there for safety reasons. That could all be 4-lane divided and include a cable or concrete barrier in the median. They could also improve the access ramps at scenic viewpoint areas and rest stops.

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