Interstate 10 in New Mexico

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Interstate 10 marker

Interstate 10
I-10 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length162.264 mi[2] (261.139 km)
Existed1957[1]–present
Major junctions
West end I-10 at Arizona state line
 
East end I-10 / US 85 / US 180 at Texas state line
Location
CountiesHidalgo, Grant, Luna, Doña Ana
Highway system
  • State Roads in New Mexico
NM 10NM 11

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.

Route description[edit]

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 southern 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).[3]

  • 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.
Interstate 10, west of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

History[edit]

State Road 14
LocationArizona–New Mexico state line to Road Forks
Length5.0 mi[4] (8.0 km)
Existed1927–1960

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[4]

The Interstate was first numbered I-10 by the American Association of State Highway Officials, in cooperation with the Department of Commerce, in 1957.[7]

Exit list[edit]

CountyLocationmi[8]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Hidalgo0.0000.000 I-10 west – TucsonContinuation into Arizona
3.6305.8423Steins
5.8339.3875 NM 80 south – Road ForksFormer US 80
11.20018.02511 NM 338 south – Animas
15.68025.23515Gary
Lordsburg20.82033.50720 I-10 Bus. east (West Motel Drive/Former US 80) / Rest AreaSigned as exits 20A (Rest Area) and 20B (I-10 Bus.) eastbound; Rest Area not signed westbound
22.61036.38722 NM 494 (Main Street)
24.565–
24.610
39.534–
39.606
24 I-10 Bus. west (East Motel Drive/ Former US 80) / US 70 westWestern end of US 70 overlap
29.55647.56629No name exitUlmorris Road is the connecting road, but it is not listed on road signs
34.27355.15734 NM 113 south – Playas
Grant42.57068.51042Separ
49.90080.30649 NM 146 south – Hachita, Antelope Wells
Luna56.21090.46155Quincy
63.320101.90462Gage
68.570110.35368 NM 418 eastFormer US 70 / US 80
Deming81.220130.71181 I-10 Bus. east (West Pine Street)
82.120132.15982A US 180 west / NM 26 east to I-25 – Silver City, HatchWestern end of US 180 overlap; eastbound entrance is via exit 82B
82.580132.90082BCedar Street, Railroad BoulevardWestbound entrance is via exit 82A
85.240137.18085 I-10 Bus. west (East Pine Street)
102.950165.682102Akela
Doña Ana116.125186.885116 NM 549 westFormer US 70 / US 80
127.230204.757127Corralitos Road
Las Cruces132.031212.483132 Las Cruces International Airport
134.637216.677135 US 70 east (West Picacho Avenue)Eastern end of US 70 overlap
138.968223.647139 NM 292 south (Motel Boulevard)
120.215193.467140 NM 28 (Avenida de Mesilla)
141.552–
141.827
227.806–
228.248
142 NM 101 west (University Avenue) / NM 188 north (Valley Drive) / NM 478 (Main Street)NM 478 follows route of US 80 / US 85 before the Interstate Highway system
144.349–
144.650
232.307–
232.792
144 I-25 north (US 85) – Las Cruces, AlbuquerqueWestern end of US 85 overlap; southern terminus of I-25
151.200243.333151 NM 228 – Mesquite
154.950249.368155 NM 227 west – Vado, Berino
160.400258.139162 NM 404 – Anthony, Chaparral
162.264261.139 I-10 / US 180 east / US 85 south – El PasoContinuation into Texas
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Interstate Highways" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  3. ^ Google (December 3, 2010). "Interstate 10" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Riner, Steve (19 January 2008). "New Mexico Highways". pp. State Routes 1-25. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Weingroff, Richard F. (April 6, 2010). "U.S. Route 80 The Dixie Overland Highway". Highway History. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "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.

External links[edit]

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Interstate 10
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