Interstate 10 in New Mexico
I-10 highlighted in red
|Maintained by NMDOT|
|Length||162.264 mi (261.139 km)|
|West end||I-10 at Arizona state line|
|East end||I-10 / US 85 / US 180 at Texas state line|
|Counties||Hidalgo, Grant, Luna, Doña Ana|
Interstate 10 (I-10) in the US state of New Mexico is a 164.264-mile (264.357 km) long route of the United States Interstate Highway System. I-10 traverses southern New Mexico through Hidalgo, Grant, Luna, and Doña Ana counties. The Interstate travels west–east from the Arizona state line to the interchange with I-25 in Las Cruces, and then travels north–south to the Texas state line. US Route 80 in New Mexico (US 80) was replaced by Interstate 10.
I-10 enters Hidalgo County, New Mexico from Cochise County, Arizona as a four lane divided highway. The highway travels east through rural southwest New Mexico, passing between Steins Mountain and Attorney Mountain, part of the Peloncillo Mountains, before passing by the ghost town of Steins. Continuing east, the northern terminus of New Mexico State Road 80 (NM 80) is intersected, serving Rodeo, followed by NM 338. Passing Lee Peak the highway turns southeast entering Lordsburg. US 70 is intersected in town, and becomes concurrent with the highway as it continues east past the Lordsburg Municipal Airport, before exiting the town. Near the Grant County line the highway bypasses the ghost town called Shakespeare. Entering Grant County, the highway continues southeast then northeast after intersecting NM 146. The highway passes over the Continental Divide on the Grant-Luna county line. Continuing east, the highway intersects the city of Deming and the highway becomes concurrent with US 180 as the three highways continue east. The highway enters Doña Ana County as it approaches Las Cruces. US 70 exits the highway as it enters the city (becoming Picacho Avenue), and the Interstate begins to turn south. Just south of the New Mexico State University campus, I-10 has a junction with the southern terminus of I-25. At the I-25 junction, I-10/U.S. Route 180 also becomes concurrent with US 85. At this point, the highway is now headed almost due south before crossing into Anthony, Texas (in El Paso County, Texas) from Anthony, New Mexico (in Doña Ana County).
- Note: the speed limit has increased from 70 to 75 mph (115 to 120 km/h) on I-10 from Mesquite to Anthony at the Texas state line, and I-10 south of Las Cruces is now three lanes in each direction.
|Location||Arizona–New Mexico state line to Road Forks|
|Length||5.0 mi (8.0 km)|
I-10 replaced US 80 through New Mexico, bypassing major portions of old US 80 in the western portion of the state and in Doña Ana County. US 80 was one of the original United States Numbered Highways established in 1926. The portion of US 80 between the Arizona state line and Anthony was decommissioned on October 6, 1989, while the remainder of the route though the state was removed October 12, 1991.
From 1927 to 1960, the section of Interstate 10 between Road Forks and the Arizona state line was designated New Mexico State Road 14 (NM 14). Though it was only 5-mile (8.0 km) long, NM 14 and its Arizona counterpart, SR 86, served as a direct bypass for US 80 between Road Forks and Benson, Arizona. US 80 itself looped south to Douglas, Arizona at the Mexico-US border between Road Forks and Benson. By the late 1940s, NM 14 had been paved and carried the majority of US 80 traffic by 1950. With the advent of I-10, NM 14 was removed from the state road system in 1960.
|Hidalgo||||0.000||0.000||I-10 west – Tucson||Continuation into Arizona|
|||5.833||9.387||5||NM 80 south – Road Forks||Former US 80 west|
|||11.200||18.025||11||NM 338 south – Animas|
|Lordsburg||20.820||33.507||20A||New Mexico Information Center (Free maps, literature & Internet service), Rest Area||Westbound access via exit 20|
|20B||I-10 Bus. east (W. Motel Drive)||Signed as exit 20 westbound; former US 80 east|
|22.610||36.387||22||NM 494 (Main Street)|
|24||I-10 Bus. / US 70 west (E. Motel Drive)||Western end of US 70 overlap; former US 80 west|
|||29.556||47.566||29||No name exit||Ulmorris Road is the connecting road, but it is not listed on road signs|
|||34.273||55.157||34||NM 113 south – Playas|
|||49.900||80.306||49||NM 146 south – Hachita, Antelope Wells|
|||68.570||110.353||68||NM 418 east||Former US 70 / US 80|
|Deming||81.220||130.711||81||I-10 Bus. east (W. Pine Street)|
|82.120||132.159||82A||US 180 west to NM 26 east / I-25 – Silver City, Hatch||Western end of US 180 overlap|
|85.240||137.180||85||I-10 Bus. west (E. Pine Street)|
|Doña Ana||||116.125||186.885||116||NM 549 west||Former US 70 / US 80|
|Las Cruces||132.031||212.483||132||Las Cruces International Airport|
|134.637||216.677||135||US 70 east (W. Picacho Avenue)||Eastern end of US 70 overlap|
|138.968||223.647||139||NM 292 south (Motel Boulevard)|
|120.215||193.467||140||NM 28 (Avenida de Mesilla)|
|142||NM 478 (Main Street) / NM 101 west (University Avenue) / Valley Drive (NM 188)||Valley Dr. not signed eastbound; NM 478 (Main St.) not signed eastbound; NM 478 if former US 80/US 85|
|144||I-25 north (US 85) – Las Cruces, Albuquerque||Western end of US 85 overlap; southern terminus of I-25|
|||151.200||243.333||151||NM 228 – Mesquite|
|||154.950||249.368||155||NM 227 west – Vado, Berino|
|||160.400||258.139||162||NM 404 – Anthony, Chaparral|
|||162.264||261.139||I-10 / US 180 east / US 85 south – El Paso||Continuation into Anthony, Texas|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Official Route Numbering for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (Map). American Association of State Highway Officials. August 14, 1957. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
- "Interstate Highways" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
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- Bureau of Public Roads & American Association of State Highway Officials (November 11, 1926). United States System of Highways Adopted for Uniform Marking by the American Association of State Highway Officials (Map). 1:7,000,000. Washington, DC: U.S. Geological Survey. OCLC 32889555. Retrieved November 7, 2013 – via University of North Texas Libraries.
- Weingroff, Richard F. (April 6, 2010). "U.S. Route 80 The Dixie Overland Highway". Highway History. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
- Official Route Numbering for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (Map). American Association of State Highway Officials. August 14, 1957. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
- "TIMS Road Segments by Posted Route/Point with AADT Info" (PDF). Santa Fe: New Mexico Department of Transportation. June 8, 2016. pp. 1–6. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
- Media related to Interstate 10 in New Mexico at Wikimedia Commons
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