Interstate 25 in New Mexico

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Interstate 25 marker

Interstate 25
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length:462.124 mi[2] (743.72 km)
Existed:1957[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I-10 / US 85 / US 180 in Las Cruces
  US 70 in Las Cruces
US 380 near San Antonio
US 60 in Socorro
US 60 near Bernardo
I-40 in Albuquerque
US 550 in Bernalillo
US 84 / US 285 in Santa Fe
US 84 in Las Vegas
US 64 / US 87 in Raton
North end: I-25 / US 85 / US 87 near Raton
Location
Counties:Doña Ana, Sierra, Socorro, Valencia, Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, San Miguel, Mora, Colfax
Highway system
NM 24NM 26
 
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Interstate 25 marker

Interstate 25
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length:462.124 mi[2] (743.72 km)
Existed:1957[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I-10 / US 85 / US 180 in Las Cruces
  US 70 in Las Cruces
US 380 near San Antonio
US 60 in Socorro
US 60 near Bernardo
I-40 in Albuquerque
US 550 in Bernalillo
US 84 / US 285 in Santa Fe
US 84 in Las Vegas
US 64 / US 87 in Raton
North end: I-25 / US 85 / US 87 near Raton
Location
Counties:Doña Ana, Sierra, Socorro, Valencia, Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, San Miguel, Mora, Colfax
Highway system
NM 24NM 26

In the U.S. state of New Mexico, Interstate 25 (I-25) follows the north–south corridor through Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It replaced U.S. Route 85, which is no longer signed, but still exists in route logs sharing the I-25 alignment. I-25 starts in New Mexico at an interchange with I-10 in Las Cruces and extends roughly 460 miles before reaching Colorado. I-25 passes through principally rural land through central New Mexico and passes through or near the cities of Las Cruces, Truth or Consequences, Socorro, Belen, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and Raton.

Route description

Interstate 25 begins at Interstate 10's exit 144 in Las Cruces.,[3] just south of the New Mexico State University campus. I-25 is concurrent with U.S. Route 85 at this point, and carries the US 85 concurrency for the remainder of its run in New Mexico. Immediately, the Interstate passes east of the New Mexico State campus, and the next three exits provide access to the city. The first exit is University Avenue, which provides access to NMSU. The final exit in Las Cruces is U.S. Route 70.[4] Upon exiting the city the speed limit increases by ten miles per hour to 75 mph. After this, there are no major cities along the corridor until Albuquerque. When I-25 reaches Truth or Consequences, it is parallel to Elephant Butte Reservoir State Park.[5]

As I-25 nears Albuquerque, it has interchanges with roads such as U.S. Route 380 and a concurrency with Route 60.[6] State Road 6, the original U.S. Route 66, meets up with I-25 in Los Lunas.[7] The speed limit on I-25 in Albuquerque is 65 mph (105 km/h), except for one 1.5 mile 55 mph (89 km/h) section between Gibson Boulevard and Central Avenue. In Albuquerque, there is an interchange with Interstate 40.[8] Named the Big I, it was given an honorable mention by the United States Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration for excellence in urban highway design in 2002.[9]

Leaving Albuquerque, the speed limit increases to 70 mph (110 km/h) and after Bernalillo the 75 mph (121 km/h) speed limit resumes. I-25 starts to curve into a snake-like path in an east–west orientation as it heads toward Santa Fe.[10] I-25 retains that orientation until Las Vegas, where it starts to revert back into its usual north–south orientation.[11] The highway stays this way even when it is leaving New Mexico to enter Colorado. Its last city in New Mexico nearest to Colorado is Raton, about 10 miles (16 km) away from the state line. The speed limit through Raton Pass is 65 mph (105 km/h). I-25 is 462.124 miles long in New Mexico.[2]

Approaching Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are in the background.


Exit list

CountyLocationMilekmExitDestinationsNotes
Doña Ana
Las Cruces0 I-10 (US 85 south) / US 85 / US 180 – El Paso, Deming, Las Cruces, AlbuquerqueBegin Interstate 25, Southern end of US 85 concurrency
1University AvenueAccess to New Mexico State University
3Lohman Avenue
6 US 70 / Del Rey Boulevard – Las Cruces, Alamogordo, White Sands National Monument, White Sands Missile Range
9 NM 320 – Doña Ana
 19 NM 157 – Radium Springs
 32Upham
 35 NM 140 west – Rincon
 41 NM 26 west – Hatch, Deming
Sierra
 51 NM 546 – Garfield, Salem
 59 NM 187 – Caballo, Percha State Parks
 63 NM 152 – Hillsboro, Silver City
 71Las Palomas
Truth or Consequences75 I-25 Bus. north – Truth or Consequences, Williamsburg
79 I-25 Bus. south – Truth or Consequences
 83 NM 195 (NM 181) – City of Elephant Butte, Elephant Butte Lake State Park
 89 NM 181 to NM 52 – Cuchillo, Monticello
 92 NM 1 – Mitchell Point
 100Red Rock
Socorro
 115 NM 107 – Magdalena, Camino Real International Heritage Center
 124San Marcial, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
 139 US 380 east – San Antonio, Carrizozo, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Socorro147 I-25 Bus. north to US 60 west – Socorro, Magdalena
150 I-25 Bus. south / US 60 west – Socorro, MagdalenaSouth end of US 60 overlap
 152Escondida
 156 NM 408 – Lemitar
 163San Acacia
 169Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
 175 US 60 east (NM 116) – Bernardo, MountainairNorth end of US 60 overlap
Valencia
Belen190 I-25 Bus. north – Belen, South Belen
191Camino del Llano
 195 I-25 Bus. south – Belen
Los Lunas203 NM 6 – Los Lunas
Bernalillo
 209 To NM 45 (NM 317) – Isleta Pueblo
 213 NM 314 (Isleta Boulevard)
Albuquerque215 NM 47 (Broadway) – Bosque Farms, Peralta
220 NM 500 (Rio Bravo Boulevard)
221Sunport Boulevard – Albuquerque International Sunport
222Gibson Boulevard – Albuquerque International Sunport, Kirtland AFBSigned as exits 222A (east) and 222B (west) southbound
223Avenida Cesar Chavez
224ACentral Avenue, Lead Avenue, Coal AvenueNorthbound access via Oak Street, southbound via Locust Street
224BCentral Avenue, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue (MLK Avenue)Northbound access via Oak Street, southbound via Locust Street
225Candelaria Road, Lomas Boulevard, Menaul Boulevard
226 I-40 – Santa Rosa, GallupSigned as exits 226A (east, Santa Rosa) and 226B (west, Gallup)
227Comanche Road, Griegos Road, Candelaria Road, Menaul Boulevard
228Montgomery Boulevard, Montaño RoadMontaño Road is west of I-25, Montgomery Blvd. is east of I-25.
229Jefferson Street
230San Mateo Boulevard, Osuna Road
231San Antonio Avenue, Ellison Road, Osuna Road
232 NM 423 (Paseo del Norte)
233 NM 528 (Alameda Boulevard)
 234 NM 556 (Roy Avenue, Tramway Road)
Sandoval
Bernalillo240 NM 473 – Bernalillo
242 US 550 west / NM 165 east – Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, Placitas
 248 NM 315 – Algodones
 252San Felipe Pueblo
 257Budaghers
 259 NM 22 – Santo Domingo Pueblo
Santa Fe
 264 NM 16 – Cochiti Pueblo
 267Waldo Canyon Road
 271CR 50 F – La Cienega
 276 NM 14 south / NM 599 north (Santa Fe Relief Route) – Madrid
Santa Fe278 NM 14 (Cerrillos Road)Signed as exits 278A (south) and 278B (north) southbound
282 US 84 north / US 285 north (St. Francis Drive) / Frontage Road – Santa Fe Plaza, EspañolaSouth end of US 84/US 285 overlap; signed as exits 282A (Frontage Road) and 282B (US 84/US 285) southbound
284 NM 466 (Old Pecos Trail)
 290 US 285 south (NM 300) – Clines CornersNorth end of US 285 overlap
 294Canoncito at Apache Canyon
 297Valencia
 299 NM 50 – Glorieta, Pecos
San Miguel
 307 NM 63 – Pecos, Rowe, Pecos National Historic Park
 319San Jose, San Juan
 323 NM 3 south – Villanueva
 330Bernal
 335Tecolote
 339 US 84 south – Romeroville, Santa RosaNorth end of US 84 overlap
Las Vegas343 I-25 Bus. north to NM 283 / NM 329 – Las Vegas
345 NM 104 (University Avenue) to I-25 Bus. / NM 65, Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
347 To I-25 Bus. south / NM 250 / NM 65 / NM 518 – Taos, Las Vegas
 352Las Vegas Municipal Airport
 356Onava
 361(no name)
Mora
 364 NM 161 to NM 97 – Watrous, Valmora
 366 NM 161 to NM 97 – Watrous, Valmora, Fort Union National Monument
 387 NM 120 – Wagon Mound
 393Levy
Colfax
 404 NM 569 – Colmor
 412 To US 56 / US 412 / NM 21 / NM 468 (I-25 Bus. north) – Springer
 414 To US 56 / US 412 / NM 21 / NM 468 (I-25 Bus. south) – Springer
 419 NM 58 west – Cimarron
 426 To NM 505 (NM 445) – Maxwell, Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge
 435Tinaja
 446 US 64 west – TaosSouth end of US 64 overlap
Raton450 I-25 Bus. north (US 64 east) – RatonNorth end of US 64 overlap
451 US 64 / US 87 east – Raton, Clayton, Capulin Volcano National MonumentSouth end of US 87 overlap
452 NM 72 east – Raton
 454 I-25 Bus. south – Raton
 460Truck weigh stationFinal exit in New Mexico
New Mexico – Colorado state line
Continuation into Colorado
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •      Concurrency terminus
  •      Closed/Former
  •      HOV
  •      Incomplete access
  •      ETC only
  •      Unopened

References

  1. ^ American Association of State Highway Officials (August 14, 1957). Official Route Numbering for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (Map). http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Interstate_Highway_plan_August_14,_1957.jpg. Retrieved 2011-6-16.
  2. ^ a b "Interstate Highways" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. http://nmshtd.state.nm.us/upload/images/CHDB/Interstate%20Routes.pdf. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
  3. ^ Google Inc. Google Maps – I-25 at I-10 (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&channel=s&q=&ll=32.259483,-106.724453&spn=0.048848,0.080338&z=14&om=1. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  4. ^ Google Inc. Google Maps – I-25 in Las Cruces (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&channel=s&q=&ll=32.314701,-106.729774&spn=0.195271,0.32135&z=12&om=1. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  5. ^ Google Inc. Google Maps – I-25 parallels Elephant Butte Reservoir State Park (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&channel=s&q=&ll=33.321349,-107.071381&spn=0.772276,1.2854&z=10&om=1. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  6. ^ Google Inc. Google Maps – I-25 near Albuquerque (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&channel=s&q=&ll=34.411442,-106.438293&spn=1.524928,2.570801&z=9&om=1. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  7. ^ Google Inc. Google Maps – I-25 at SR 6 (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&channel=s&q=&ll=34.947865,-106.702652&spn=0.37878,0.6427&z=11&om=1. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  8. ^ Google Inc. Google Maps – I-25 at I-40 (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&channel=s&q=&ll=35.104918,-106.626134&spn=0.023628,0.040169&z=15&om=1. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  9. ^ "I-25/I-40 System-to-System Interchange". Excellence in highway design. Federal Highway Administration. 2002. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/eihd/2002/cat1pic8.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  10. ^ Google Inc. Google Maps – I-25 nearing Santa Fe (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&channel=s&q=&ll=35.44389,-106.092224&spn=0.752943,1.2854&z=10&om=1. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  11. ^ Google Inc. Google Maps – I-25 near Las Vegas (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&channel=s&q=&ll=35.639441,-105.157013&spn=0.375557,0.6427&z=11&om=1. Retrieved 2007-07-07.


Interstate 25
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New MexicoNext state:
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