Historic U.S. 66

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Historic U.S. 66 through Albuquerque followed Central Avenue after 1937. Central Avenue was later redesignated as Business Loop I-40 and now is an unnumbered city street.

Historic U.S. 66 (Central Avenue) east
Neon signs mark the west end of the Rio Grande Bridge along Historic U.S. 66 (Central Avenue) eastbound. Photo taken 06/29/08.
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Central Avenue spans the Rio Grande with six lanes west of the Old Town section of Albuquerque. Photos taken 06/29/08.
Tingley Drive meets Central Avenue at the east end of the Rio Grande River bridge. The parkway leads south through Tingley Beach Park to ABQ BioPark Zoo. ABQ BioPark Aquarium and Botanical Gardens are located on the north side of Historic U.S. 66 here. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Business Loop I-40/U.S. 66 sign posted along Central Avenue east between Romero and San Felipe Streets at Old Town in Albuquerque. Photo taken 04/28/17.
Central Avenue splits with Lomas Boulevard (former NM 352) southeast toward Downtown Albuquerque. Photo taken 04/28/17.
Central Avenue east at Laguna Boulevard. Photo taken 04/28/17.
Central Avenue at 14th Street. Photo taken 04/28/17.
Entering the five way intersection with 10th Street and Copper Avenue on Central Avenue eastbound. Photo taken 04/28/17.
A roundabout joins Central Avenue (Historic U.S. 66) with 8th Street and Park Avenue SW at Robinson Park. Photo taken 04/28/17.
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Historic U.S. 66 proceeds east from 8th Street into the Albuquerque central business district. Photos taken 04/28/17.
Central Avenue (Historic U.S. 66) east intersects Historic U.S. 85 at 4th Street in Downtown Albuquerque. Photo taken 04/28/17.
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Continuing east through Downtown Albuquerque along Central Avenue. Photos taken 04/28/17.
Historic U.S. 66 passes below the BNSF Railroad corridor beside the Downtown Albuquerque Station for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. Central Avenue ascends two blocks east to Broadway, which is former State Road 47 and historic U.S. 85 Alternate. Photo taken 04/28/17.
Erroneously signed here as I-40, Interstate 25 spans Central Avenue between Locust Street south and Oak Street north. The frontage streets connect Historic U.S. 66 with the Pan American Freeway north to Santa Fe and south to Belen. Photo taken 04/28/17.
Historic U.S. 66 (Central Avenue) west
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Central Avenue passes under Interstate 25 between the service roads (Oak Street north / Locust Street south). Locust Street extends four blocks south to an entrance ramp for I-25. Photos taken 06/29/08.
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Historic U.S. 66 (Central Avenue) continues west from Interstate 25 to Edith Boulevard and Downtown Albuquerque. Photos taken 06/29/08.
Broadway (former NM 47) intersects Historic U.S. 66 (Central Avenue) outside the central business district. Photo taken 06/29/08.
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Central Avenue lowers through a subway below the BNSF Railroad west of Union Square Street. Photos taken 06/29/08.
A Business Loop I-40 & U.S. 66 shield formerly appeared at 1st Street adjacent to the Downtown Albuquerque Amtrak station. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Looking west from Central Avenue and 1st Street at Downtown. Photo taken 06/29/08.
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Historic U.S. 66 (Central Avenue) west at 2nd Street; Albuquerque's tallest building, Albuquerque Plaza Office Tower, rises nearby at Copper Avenue and 3rd Street. 2nd Street represents old U.S. 85 Alternate and later NM 47. These designations were removed by 1988.1 Photos taken 06/29/08.
3rd Street represents the pre-1937 alignment of U.S. 66 between Silver Avenue and Lomas Boulevard. This became part of U.S. 85 after U.S. 66 was relocated to Central Avenue. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Westbound Central Avenue at 4th Street. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Condominiums rise along Central Avenue west of 5th Street. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Interests to the Rio Grande Zoo are directed onto 6th Street south as the final through street to Lead Avenue west from Central Avenue, before it turns northwest toward Old Town. Photo taken 06/29/08.
The final block in Downtown Albuquerque along Central Avenue lies at 7th Street. Photo taken 06/29/08.
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A roundabout joins Historic U.S. 66 with Park Avenue west and 8th Street at Robinson Park. A section of Park Avenue connecting Central Avenue east to Gold Avenue was removed during construction of the roundabout in 2007. Photos taken 06/29/08.
Continuing northwest along Robinson Park, Historic U.S. 66 (Central Avenue) intersected 10th Street by this Business Loop I-40 sign assembly. Photo taken 06/29/08.
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Copper Avenue ties into Central Avenue (Historic U.S. 66) and 10th Street at a five-way intersection. This remaining Business Loop I-40 sign was removed by 2018. Photos taken 04/28/17.
12th Street leads north from Central Avenue to Los Duranes and Interstate 40 at Exit 157B. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Central Avenue west at 14th Street. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Laguna Boulevard stems southwest from Roma Avenue to Tingley Beach Park across Historic U.S. 66. Photo taken 06/29/08.
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Central Avenue overtakes Lomas Boulevard at Old Town. Lomas Boulevard consists of a four-lane arterial through areas north of Downtown to Interstate 25 at Exit 225. Photos taken 06/29/08.
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Historic U.S. 66 (Central Avenue) west at Rio Grande Boulevard (former NM 194). Rio Grande Boulevard travels north from Old Town to Interstate 40 at Exit 157A. Photos taken 06/29/08.
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Traveling west along old U.S. 66 through Old Town to New York Avenue. New York Avenue connects Central Avenue with ABQ Aquarium and Botanical Park. Photos taken 06/29/08.
Tingley Drive heads southeast along the Rio Grande to Tingley Beach Park and the ABQ BioPark Zoo. Photo taken 06/29/08.
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Spanning the Rio Grande along Central Avenue westbound. Photos taken 06/29/08.
Sunset Road leads south from Central Avenue along the Rio Grande River levee system. Photo taken 06/29/08.

Sources:
  1. U.S. and Interstate Highways in New Mexico. steve-riner.com.


Photo Credits:

    06/29/08 by AARoads. 04/28/17 by AARoads and Chris Kalina.

Connect with:
Interstate 25
Interstate 40

Page Updated 06-14-2019.