Interstate 10 East - Doña Ana County

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Interstate 10 & U.S. 70-180 east
NM 549 parallels Interstate 10 along an old alignment of U.S. 70/80 east from Deming to the first exit in Dona Ana County. Photo taken 02/27/05.
The 31.43 mile long route of NM 549 concludes at the diamond interchange (Exit 116) joining I-10 with County Road C001 (FR 1026). Photo taken 02/27/05.
Interstate 10 directly followed old U.S. 70/80 east from Exit 116 to Corralitos Road. Portions of the old alignment remain as frontage roads. Photo taken 02/27/05.
Corralitos Road (FR 1030) is a ranch exit lying midway between the US Border Patrol Checkpoint and Las Cruces International Airport (LRU). Robert Larson Boulevard (FR 1030) runs along the south side of I-10 from Exit 127 to the Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo complex. Photo taken 02/27/05.
U.S. 70 splits with Interstate 10 east in seven miles for Las Cruces. The city center lie another seven miles further via either route. Photo taken 02/27/05.
One mile west of the diamond interchange (Exit 132) with Crawford Road (FL 5606) to Las Cruces International Airport (LRU) and an industrial park. Photo taken 02/27/05.
Exit 132 departs I-10 east for Crawford Road. Las Cruces International Airport (LRU) is on the mesa west of Las Cruces, around 500 feet higher than the Mesilla Valley. Photo taken 02/27/05.
Gradually descending into Mesilla Valley, the ensuing exit is where U.S. 70 branches northward from I-10 & U.S. 180 along Picacho Avenue into Las Cruces. Photo taken 02/27/05.
Entering the trumpet interchange with U.S. 70 (Picacho Avenue) east to the community of Fairacres and central Las Cruces. U.S. 80 also followed U.S. 70 until I-10 was constructed to the south. Photo taken 02/27/05.
Dropping below 3,900 feet above sea level, I-10 crosses the Rio Grande ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 139) with NM 292 (Motel Boulevard). Photo taken 02/27/05.
NM 292 follows Motel Boulevard and Calle de El Paso 1.45 miles south from Exit 139 to NM 28 (Avenida de Mesilla) at the town of Mesilla. Photo taken 02/27/05.
Exit 139 serves La Mesilla, the original 1848 town site. Mesilla was settled after the Mexican War, and was the primary supply and market point for the region via the Butterfield Stage Line, until the railroad went through Las Cruces rather than Mesilla. Photo taken 02/27/05.
NM 28 (Avenida de Mesilla) arcs northeast from NM 359 and NM 292 at Mesilla to a diamond interchange (Exit 140) with I-10 and NM 478 (Main Street) south of Downtown Las Cruces. Photo taken 02/27/05.
NM 478 (Main Street) heads south from the Las Cruces city center to converge with Interstate 10 at NM 188 (Valley Drive) and University Avenue west of New Mexico State University. Photo taken 02/27/05.
NM 478 (Main Street) is the pre-1955 alignment of U.S. 80 from Downtown south to Mesquite and Anthony. The state highway offers an alternate route to El Paso south of Exit 142. Photo taken 02/27/05.
Unincorporated Mesquite lies nine miles to the southeast from I-10 in Las Cruces. El Paso, Texas follows in 42 miles. Photo taken 04/25/17.
I-10 & U.S. 180 merge with the south end of Interstate 25 at a two wye interchange (Exit 144) in three quarters of a mile. Photo taken 04/25/17.
The I-10/I-25 Interchange Reconstruction Project rebuilt the exchange from April 26, 2012 to April 9, 2013. Costing $37 million, work included constructing a new flyover from I-10 east to I-25 north, replacing the I-10 overpasses above the southbound on-ramp from I-25, and removing the sharp loop ramp at old Exit 144.1 Photo taken 04/25/17.
Interstate 25 north connects with U.S. 70 east for White Sands Missile Range and Alamogordo in six miles. Photo taken 04/25/17.
Traveling north from Las Cruces to Truth of Consequences, Socorro, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe, Interstate 25 wholly replaced U.S. 85. U.S. 85 retains a short segment in El Paso, and an alignment from Denver northwards, but in New Mexico the route is not acknowledged officially. Photo taken 04/25/17.
A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on April 23, 2013, marking the formal completion of the I-10/I-25 Interchange Reconstruction Project. Work finished 60 days ahead of schedule, netting the contractor a $2.25 million bonus. The previous trumpet interchange between the two freeways was constructed in 1950.2 Photo taken 04/25/17.
South from I-25, Interstate 10 a safety corridor. Under a 2002 state law, speeding fines can be doubled along the 17 mile stretch between Las Cruces and Anthony.3 Photo taken 04/25/17.
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The remainder of Interstate 10 east in New Mexico was expanded from four to six lanes during a $39 million 18 month project. Substantial work on the 18 mile long project was completed by the end of July 2011.3 Photos taken 04/25/17.
Meeting Interstate 10 next is NM 228 via Frontage Route 1035 (Stern Drive). FR 1053 follows I-10 southward from Union Avenue in Las Cruces 21.65 miles to Acosta Road at Anthony. Photo taken 04/25/17.
NM 228 (Mesquite Drive) travels 1.81 miles between FR 1053 and NM 478 (former U.S. 80 & 85) in Mesquite. Mesquite represents one of the many farming towns and railway sidings between Las Cruces and El Paso. Photo taken 04/25/17.
Interstate 10 passes by a number of dairy operations south from Exit 151 at Mesquite. Photo taken 04/25/17.
Mileage sign for Vado, NM 404 serving Chaparral, and El Paso posted along Interstate 10 east. Photo taken 04/25/17.
Interstate 10 through the southern Mesilla Valley is also prone to dust storms. Photo taken 04/25/17.
Advance signage for NM 227 (Vado Drive), serving Vado. NM 227 constitutes a 1.98 mile route between Exit 155 and NM 478 (former U.S. 80 & 85). Photo taken 04/25/17.
NM 227 (Vado Drive) stems west from I-10, the 1955 alignment of U.S. 80, to NM 478 at Vado. NM 227 originally linked U.S. 80-85 with NM 28, but that segment was renumbered to NM 189 in 1988 to eliminate the short overlap on NM 478.4 Photo taken 04/25/17.
Continuing south from the dumbbell interchange with NM 227 at Exit 155, Interstate 10 bee lines between Berino and the Franklin Mountains. The speed limit along a nearly 14 mile section of I-10 between Exit 151 and the Texas state line was increased to 75 miles per hour on October 29, 2012.5 Photo taken 04/25/17.
A trumpet interchange (Exit 160) previously connected I-10 with NM 460 (Anthony Drive) south into Anthony. The exchange was removed after Exit 162 at O'Hara Road opened to traffic around 2000. NM 460 represents a former alignment of U.S. 80/85 and later U.S. 80 Alternate. The state route remains along Anthony Drive, 3.81 miles south from FR 1035 to the Texas line. Photo taken 01/14/06.
Exit 162 departs Interstate 10 eastbound in one mile for NM 404 (O'Hara Drive) west to the town of Anthony and east to unincorporated Chaparral. Photo taken 04/25/17.
A 9.70 mile long route, NM 404 (O'Hara Drive) leads west to NM 460 (Anthony Drive) and east across the Franklin Mountains to NM 213. O'Hara Drive extends 1.96 miles west from NM 460 to NM 168 across the Rio Grande. Photo taken 04/25/17.
The final reassurance shield for Interstate 10 in New Mexico stands along the freeway at Anthony. Photo taken 04/25/17.
Exit 0 follows just across the state line with FM 1905 (Antonio Street) west to Franklin Street and SH 20 (Main Street) in Anthony, Texas. Photo taken 04/25/17.
Split between towns in both New Mexico and Texas, Anthony lies just west of I-10 along NM 470 and SH 20, the former route of U.S. 80/85 south to El Paso. Photo taken 04/25/17.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 0) with FM 1905 (Antonio Street) west and Mountain Pass Boulevard east on Interstate 10. FM 1905 stems west 2.11 miles from IH 10 to become NM 225. State Spur 6 (Wildcat Drive) loops south from FM 1905 nearby, providing a 1.49 mile long bypass of Anthony west to SH 20. Photo taken 04/25/17.
Interstate 10 crosses into Hudspeth County, Texas at the departure of Exit 0. U.S. 85 south & 180 east appear on subsequent shield assemblies along the freeway south into El Paso. Photo taken 04/25/17.


  1. "I-10/I-25 interchange project to finish ahead of scheduled." Las Cruces Sun-News (NM), March 30, 2013.
  2. "Contractor wraps up Las Cruces interstate project early." Las Cruces Sun-News (NM), April 23, 2013.
  3. "Interstate 10 finally finished." Las Cruces Sun-News (NM), July 26, 2011.
  4. Details of New Mexico State Routes 201-250 (Steve Riner).
  5. "I-10 speed limit increasing between Mesquite and Texas line." Las Cruces Sun-News (NM), October 29, 2012.

Photo Credits:

  • 02/27/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
  • 01/14/06 by AARoads.
  • 04/25/17 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 25
U.S. 70
Former Business Loop I-10 - Las Cruces

Page Updated 04-03-2019.