U.S. Route 70 in New Mexico
US 70 highlighted in red
|Maintained by NMDOT|
|Length||448.264 mi (721.411 km)|
|West end||US 70 at the Arizona state line|
|East end||US 70 / US 84 at the Texas state line|
|Counties||Hidalgo, Grant, Luna, Doña Ana, Otero, Lincoln, Chaves, Roosevelt, Curry|
U.S. Route 70 (US 70) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that travels from Globe, Arizona, east to Atlantic, North Carolina. In the U.S. state of New Mexico, US 70 extends from the Arizona state line south of Virden and ends at the Texas state line in Texico.
After entering the state of New Mexico, US 70 heads southeast. Five miles (8.0 km) after crossing the state line, it serves as the southern terminus for New Mexico State Road 92 (NM 92). US 70 does not have another highway junction for 21 miles (34 km), where it meets New Mexico State Road 464 (NM 464) and New Mexico State Road 90 (NM 90) three miles (4.8 km) north of Lordsburg. At Lordsburg, US 70 joins with Interstate 10 (I-10) eastbound, splitting off in Las Cruces, and becoming Picacho Avenue in Las Cruces. When Picacho Avenue meets Main Street, US 70 follows Main Street northbound. US 70 then crosses I-25, and has been upgraded at this point to a controlled-access highway until entering the foothills of the Organ Mountains.
As a divided highway, US 70 then crosses the Organ Mountains via San Augustin Pass descends to the valley floor of the Tularosa Basin, and next crosses the White Sands Missile Range. Overhead missile tests can close the highway for a few hours; this generally happens once or twice a week, and typically only for an hour at a time. The road then passes the entrance to the White Sands National Monument, and shortly after that passes the southern end of Holloman Air Force Base. It then turns northbound, and picks up a concurrency with US 54 upon entering Alamogordo. On the north end of Alamogordo, US 54/US 70 intersects the beginning of US 82 near La Luz. The concurrency with US 54 lasts until Tularosa, and the highway remains divided until US 70 and US 54 diverge. After splitting off to the northeast, US 70 begins an ascent into the Sacramento Mountains and enters the Lincoln National Forest. The road then runs across the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation and near the resort town of Ruidoso. In Hondo, it begins another concurrency, this time with US 380. US 70 then bypasses Roswell to the northwest, together with US 285. US 70 then heads off to the northeast, running through Portales and Clovis before entering Texas at Texico.
When commissioned in 1926, ran from present day US 70 in Clovis, New Mexico through Vaughn, Willard all the way to Holbrook, Arizona. In 1932, US 70 was rerouted to El Paso, Texas, and the old routing was transferred to US 60 and US 260. In 1934, the routing of US 70 was changed again, to Las Cruces; the old route was transferred to US 54.
|Arizona state line||0.000||0.000||US 70 west||Continuation into Arizona|
|Hidalgo||||4.200||6.759||NM 92 – Virden|
|||25.600||41.199||NM 464 – Redrock|
|||27.194||43.765||NM 90 – White Signal, Silver City|
|I-10 Bus. west (Historic US 80 west) to I-10 – Road Forks||Interchange; western end of I-10 Bus. concurrency; former US 80 west; mileposts change to reflect I-10 Bus.|
|2.135||3.436||East Bound Trucks (NM 494 south)||Northern terminus of NM 494|
|4.370||7.033||I-10 Bus. ends / I-10 – Lordsburg||Eastern end of I-10 Bus. concurrency; western end of I-10 concurrency; I-10 exit 24|
|Doña Ana||||141.435||227.618||I-10 east (US 180 east) – Las Cruces, El Paso||Eastern end of I-10 and US 180 concurrencies; I-10 exit 135|
|Bridge over the Rio Grande|
|Las Cruces||147.246||236.969||NM 185 / NM 188 – Radium Springs, Mesilla|
|147.246||236.969||NM 478 south (Main Street) – Anthony||Northern terminus of NM 478; former US 80 east/US 85 south|
|—||I-25 (US 85) – El Paso, Albuquerque||Partial interchange; west end of freeway; I-25 exit 6|
|151.083||243.145||—||Del Rey Boulevard / Telshor Boulevard||Direct eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|151.700||244.137||—||Roadrunner Parkway||No direct eastbound entrance|
|152.322||245.138||—||Rinconada Boulevard||No direct westbound entrance|
|153.103||246.395||—||Sonoma Ranch Boulevard|
|154.716||248.991||—||Mesa Grande Drive|
|156.870||252.458||—||Holman Road / Dunn Drive|
|||158.493||255.070||—||Weisner Road / Balsam Road|
|Organ||161.260||259.523||—||NASA Road / Baylor Canyon Road||East end of freeway|
|||169.946||273.502||Missile Range Headquarters / HTA||Interchange|
|Otero||Holloman AFB||206.428||332.214||Holloman AFB Main Gate||Partial interchange|
|Alamogordo||210.939||339.473||Airport Road - Alamogordo-White Sands Regional Airport|
|US 54 south / White Sands Boulevard – El Paso, Alamogordo||Interchange; western end of US 54 concurrency; White Sands Boulevard not signed westbound|
|218.211||351.177||US 82 – Artesia, Lubbock||Western terminus of US 82|
|||220.528||354.905||NM 545 – La Luz|
|US 54 north – Carrizozo||Eastern end of US 54 concurrency|
|Mescalero||247.022||397.543||Eagle Drive – Hospital, Bureau of Indian Affairs||Interchange; serves Mescalero Indian Hospital|
|||251.486||404.727||NM 244 – Cloudcroft|
|Lincoln||Ruidoso Downs||261.260||420.457||NM 48 – Capitan|
|Hondo||285.031||458.713||US 380 – Capitan||Western end of US 380 concurrency|
|See US 380|
|Chaves||Roswell||328.409||528.523||US 285 south (Main Street south) / US 380 east (2nd Street east) – Artesia, Brownfield||Eastern end of US 380 concurrency; western end of US 285 concurrency|
|333.432||536.607||NM 246 – Capitan|
US 70 Truck west / US 285 Truck south (Relief Route) / US 285 north – Vaughn, Ruidoso
|Interchange; eastern end of US 285 concurrency; exit number is for US 285; no exit number eastbound; US 70 Truck exit A|
|Roosevelt||Elida||397.526||639.756||NM 114 / NM 330 – Dora, Floyd|
|Portales||417.161||671.356||Airport Road – Portales Municipal Airport|
|421.447||678.253||NM 206 east (Avenue C) – Dora, Tatum||Western terminus of NM 206|
|421.512||678.358||NM 267 west (Avenue B) – Floyd, Melrose||Eastern terminus of NM 267|
|421.731||678.710||NM 88 east (Abilene Avenue) – Arch||Western terminus of NM 88|
|423.173||681.031||To NM 236 / Spruce Street|
|423.762||681.979||NM 467 – Clovis|
|Curry||Clovis||439.823||707.827||US 60 / US 84 east (1st Street west) / NM 209 north (Prince Street) – Fort Sumner, Vaughn, Santa Rosa||Western end of US 60 and US 84 concurrencies|
|See US 60|
|Texico||448.188||721.289||US 60 east (State Street) - Texas||Eastern end of US 60 concurrency|
|Texas state line||448.264||721.411||US 70 east / US 84 east||Continuation into Farwell, Texas|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
Roswell truck route
|Location||Roswell, New Mexico|
|Length||7.5 mi (12.1 km)|
The entire route is in Chaves County.
US 285 Truck south (Relief Route south) / US 70 / US 380 (2nd Street) – Artesia, Ruidoso, Roswell
|Western terminus; western end of US 285 Truck concurrency; road continues south as US 285 Truck (Relief Rte.)|
|||5.0||8.0||NM 246 (Pine Lodge Road) – Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge|
|||7.1||11.4||A||US 70 west / US 285 south to US 380 junction – Clovis||Interchange; no exit number eastbound|
US 285 Truck end / US 70 east (Clovis Highway) / US 285 north
|Interchange; eastern terminus; eastern end of US 285 Truck concurrency; northern terminus of US 285 Truck|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- "Posted Route–Legal Description" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. March 16, 2010. p. 20. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
- Rand McNally (2007). "New Mexico" (Map). The Road Atlas '07. Chicago: Rand McNally. p. 68.[full citation needed]
- Crossley, John. "White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo, New Mexico". The American Southwest. Retrieved September 29, 2007.
- Signage indicating closings
- Sanderson, Dale. "Map of US highway 60 and family, and US 412". Dale Sanderson. Retrieved March 27, 2017.[self-published source]
- Sanderson, Dale. "End of US highway 70". Dale Sanderson. Map of US highway 70 and family, and US 412; US Highway endpoints in El Paso, TX; US Highway endpoints in Los Angeles, CA;US Highway endpoints in Holbrook, AZ. Retrieved March 27, 2017.[self-published source]
- "TIMS Road Segments by Posted Route/Point with AADT Info; US-Routes" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. April 3, 2013. p. 22. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
- Staff (March 16, 2010). "Posted Route–Legal Description; Business Loops" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation, Data Management Bureau. p. 3. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
- Google (October 19, 2018). "Map of Southern New Mexico" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
- "Overview of US 70 Truck (Roswell, NM)". Google Maps. Google, Inc. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
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