U.S. Highway 60 Socorro Alignment StudyMilepost 136.2 to 139 in Socorro
NMDOT Control No. 1102050
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is conducting the U.S. Highway 60 (U.S. 60) Socorro Alignment Study. The study area is located about 75 miles south of Albuquerque in the Town of Socorro, New Mexico. U.S. 60 is an east-west United States highway spanning 2,655 miles across nine states. This study will focus on a section of this highway between mileposts 136.2 and 139.0.
This portion of U.S. 60 transitions from a rural highway into a population center, which contributes to the complexity of analysis and design required for this study. Community centers, residences, schools, and local businesses all occupy the same short stretch of highway used by both local traffic and road trippers. Changes in speed, lanes, and driveway density prevent a uniform design and as such require a context-sensitive design to convey both local and through traffic safely.
The purpose of the study is to evaluate the condition of roadway, traffic, and drainage and assess the features against current standards to determine whether improvements are needed to enhance safety, operations, and multimodal accessibility in the study area.
Funding for the study phase currently includes state funds through House Bill 2-2021 Legislative Session (HB2-21) under Control Number 1102050.
Study and Design
Sherri Holliefield, PE
South Region Design Manager
As part of the Phase A study process, the team has been collecting data on the existing conditions for the roadway, right-of-way, existing bridge, geotechnical, drainage, utilities, safety, traffic, land
use, environmental, cultural and biological resources, and socioeconomic conditions that will influence the need for improvements and the identification and evaluation of proposed alternatives.
WEST - RURAL SEGMENT (Milepost 135.5 to 138.1)
Within the RURAL SEGMENT of U.S. 60 on the west side of town from the Mantanza Arroyo to the BNSF Railroad crossing, U.S. 60 is a rural two-lane undivided roadway with varying shoulder widths. There is no lighting and more than 19 driveways within a 1.4-mile section. The posted speed limit ranges from 35 to 55 miles per hour. The pavement is this segment is in fair to poor condition.
SOUTH - URBAN SEGMENT (Milepost 138.1 to 138.4)
The SOUTH URBAN SEGMENT between the BNSF railroad crossing and the “Y” intersection at 6th and Grants Street U.S. 60 is an urban 4-lane roadway with 12-ft travel lanes, 6-ft shoulders, a raised median, and limited lighting within a 0.65-mile section. The posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour. There is some on-street parking. Sidewalks are intermittent and not ADA-compliant. There are no bike lanes and no bus stops. Pavement conditions are fair.
EAST - URBAN SEGMENT (Milepost 138.4 to 139.0)
The EAST URBAN SEGMENT between the “Y” intersection and California Street consists of a 4-lane undivided roadway with 12-ft travel lanes, 6-ft shoulders, and limited lighting within a 0.5-mile section. The posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour. There is some on-street parking. Sidewalks are intermittent and are not ADA-compliant. There are no bike lanes and no bus stops. Pavement conditions are fair.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!
A public meeting was hosted on October 11th, 2023 at the Socorro Convention Center to go over the existing conditions identified and the roadway alternatives developed by the team and to receive community input.
The formal comment period closed on Nov 10th; however, we did except all comments received through Nov 13th. We greatly appreciated hearing from so many of you and look forward to your involvement moving forward.
TO LEARN MORE
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND or WOULD LIKE TO REVIEW THE MATERIALS AGAIN:
Watch the recorded presentation and review the PowerPoint.
TO STAY CONNECTED
Presentation, October 2023 (PDF)
U.S. 60 Socorro Alignment Study
• Establish the need for improvements
• Stakeholder Meeting – September 1, 2022
• Evaluate improvement alternatives
• Prepare draft Alignment Study document
• Stakeholder Meeting – July 19, 2023
• Public Meeting – October 11, 2023
• Review alternative under consideration
• Public Meeting – January 2024
• Identify recommended alternative(s)
• Select preferred alternative(s)
• Completion of U.S. 60 Socorro Alignment Study