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Interstate 40, a major east-west route of the Interstate Highway System, runs east-west through Albuquerquemarker in the U.S. state of New Mexicomarker. It is the direct replacement for the historic U.S. Route 66 in New Mexico.

Route description

Arizona to Albuquerque

As I-40 enters New Mexico in a northeasterly direction it begins following the basin of the intermittent Puerco River, roughly tracing the southern edge of the contiguous part of the Navajo Reservation in the state. The freeway enters Gallupmarker twenty miles (32 km) later paralleling the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway's southern transcontinental mainline. Leaving Gallup the now more easterly I-40 passes to the north of Fort Wingatemarker and part of the fragmented Cibola National Forest before crossing the North American continental divide at an elevation of , with stratavolcano Mt.marker Taylormarker towering to the east.

The highway traverses more of the Navajo Reservation and the Cibola Forest before turning southeast and crossing a malpaís. After serving interchanges near Grantsmarker, the freeway, coinciding with the northern boundary of El Malpais National Monumentmarker, crosses another malpaís, turns east and enters the Acoma Indian Reservation, home of the Acoma Pueblomarker. The route leaves the Acoma Indian Reservation with Mt. Taylor to the north and enters the Laguna Pueblo. Near the interchange with NM-6 the railway line that accompanies much of the route from the Arizona border diverts to the south while the freeway turns east by northeast towards Albuquerquemarker. The route departs the Laguna Pueblo, briefly transits the Tohajiilee Indian Reservation (a chapter of the Navajo Nation), crosses the Rio Puerco and begins a steep climb to the top of a mesa marked by several small cinder cones overlooking the Rio Grande rift and Albuquerque.

History

Planning and construction of Interstate 40 through New Mexico began shortly after the Federal Highway Act of 1956 created the Interstate Highway System. First sections of I-40 through the state were completed by 1960 including a short section west of Tucumcari in Quay County, from a point just west of Santa Rosa west past Clines Corners to just east of Moriarity, along with a section on the east side of Albuquerque and another section from near Cubero to Grants, which included a new spur route connecting the Interstate Highway with U.S. 66 on that city's east side. Construction of I-40, generally paralleling the existing U.S. 66 in some sections and replacing the older route in others, was hobbled for a few years during this decade by the New Mexico Legislature's passage of an Anti-Bypassing Law that prohibited the construction of an interstate bypass around a city or town opposed to it. That law was repealed in 1966 following a threat of loss of federal funds and most New Mexico cities along I-40, I-25 and I-10 then worked out agreements with state and federal highway officials in determining where the bypass routes around their municipalities should be located.

By the end of the 1960s, most rural sections of I-40 were completed across the state with the largest exception being a stretch east of Tucumcari to the Texas border at Glenrio, where traffic was diverted to the old U.S. 66. That section of highway by this time became locally and nationally known as "Slaughter Lane" due to tremendous amounts of traffic for a two-lane highway along with rough and narrow paving which led to numerous injury and fatal traffic accidents that reached epidemic numbers in 1968 and 1969. Construction on this section of I-40 was held up by a dispute at San Jon concerning a proposed routing of I-40 bypassing that city to the north by some five miles (8 km), which was resolved in November, 1969 when federal and state officials agreed to bring the bypass closer to the city along its northern limits. However, aside from a few small villages such as Montoya, Newkirk and Cuervo in the eastern portion of the state and Laguna, Budville and Cubero to the west, no major bypasses had been entirely completed in New Mexico so traffic was still diverted over the U.S. 66 routes through each of those cities.

In 1970, I-40 was entirely completed through the city of Albuquerque. Other bypasses were completed around various cities through the state including San Jon and Tucumcari (1981), Santa Rosa (1972), Moriarty (1973), Grants (1974) and Gallup (1980).

Control cities

Westbound

Eastbound

Exit list

County Location Mile # Destinations Notes
McKinleymarker 8 Defiance, Manuelito (NM 118/US 66)
Gallupmarker 16 I-40 Bus. east; NM 118 - West Gallupmarker (US 66)
20 US 491 north - Shiprockmarker; NM 602 south — Munoz Boulevard, Zunimarker
22 Miyamura Drive; Montoya Boulevard
26 I-40 Bus. west — East Gallupmarker (NM 118/US 66)
33 NM 400 south - McGaffey (NM 118/US 66)
36 Iyanbito (NM 118/US 66 west) West end of US 66 overlap
39 Refinery
44 Coolidge
47 Continental Divide (NM 122/US 66 east) East end of US 66 overlap
53 NM 371; NM 612 - Thoreaumarker (NM 122/US 66)
63 NM 412 - Prewitt (to NM 122/US 66)
Cibolamarker 72 Bluewater Village (NM 606 to NM 122/US 66)
Milanmarker 79 I-40 Bus. east to NM 605; to NM 509 - Milanmarker, San Mateomarker, Chaco Culture National Historical Parkmarker (NM 615 to NM 122/US 66)
Grantsmarker 81 NM 53 to I-40 Bus.; to NM 122 - San Rafael, Grantsmarker (to US 66) Signed as exits 81A (NM 53 south) and 81B (NM 53 north to I-40 Bus.) on I-40 east
85 I-40 Bus. west to NM 547 - Grantsmarker, Mt.marker Taylormarker (NM 122 west to US 66)
89 Quemadomarker (NM 117; NM 124 east; US 66)
96 McCartys, Acomamarker, Sky Citymarker (NM 124/US 66)
100 San Fidel
102 Acomita, Acomamarker, Sky Citymarker
104 Cubero, Budville (NM 124/US 66)
108 Casa Blanca, Parajemarker (NM 23)
114 NM 124 west - Lagunamarker (US 66 west) West end of US 66 overlap
117 Mesitamarker
126 NM 6 east - Los Lunasmarker (pre-1937 US 66 east) East end of pre-1937 US 66 overlap
131 To'hajiilee
Bernalillomarker 140 Rio Puerco
Albuquerquemarker 149 Paseo del Volcan; Central Avenue (US 66 east); East end of US 66 overlap
153 98th Street
154 Unser Boulevard (NM 345)
155 Coors Boulevard
157A Rio Grande Boulevard
157B 12th Street Westbound exit is via exit 158
158 8th Street; 6th Street
159A 4th Street; 2nd Street; University Boulevard - Downtown (pre-1937 US 66; NM 47) Signed as exit 159D westbound, since it is east of exit 159BC
159BC I-25 - Santa Femarker, Las Crucesmarker
160 Carlisle Boulevard
161 San Mateo Boulevard Signed as exits 161A (south) and 161B (north) on I-40 east
162 Louisiana Boulevard
164 Wyoming Boulevard
165 Eubank Boulevard
166 Juan Tabo Boulevard
167 Central Avenue (NM 333/US 66); Tramway Boulevard (NM 556)
170 Carnuelmarker (NM 333/US 66)
175 NM 14; NM 337 - Tijerasmarker, Cedar Crestmarker (NM 333/US 66)
178 Zuzax (NM 333/US 66)
181 To NM 217 - Sedillo (NM 333/US 66)
Santa Femarker Edgewoodmarker 187 NM 344 - Edgewoodmarker (to NM 333/US 66)
Torrancemarker Moriartymarker 194 I-40 Bus. east to US 66 - Moriartymarker West (to NM 333 west)
196 NM 41 - Howard Cavasos Boulevard
197 I-40 Bus. west; US 66 west - Moriartymarker East West end of US 66 overlap; no westbound entrance
203 (no name)
208 Wagon Wheel
218B US 285 - Vaughnmarker, Santa Femarker Signed as exit 218B on I-40 west, with exit 218A (Clines Corners) to the west
226 (no name)
230 NM 3 - Encinomarker, Villanuevamarker
234 Flying C
239 (no name)
Guadalupemarker 243 Milagro Signed as exit 243B on I-40 west, with an unnamed exit 243A to the east
252 (no name)
256 US 84 north - Las Vegasmarker (pre-1937 US 66 west; NM 219 south) West end of pre-1937 US 66/US 84 overlap
263 San Ignacio
267 Colonias
Santa Rosamarker 273 I-40 Bus. east - Santa Rosamarker (US 66 east; US 84 south) East end of US 66/US 84 overlap
275 Santa Rosamarker (I-40 Bus.; US 54; US 66; US 84)
277 I-40 Bus. west, US 54 west - Santa Rosamarker; US 84 - Fort Sumnermarker (US 66 west; to NM 156 east) West end of US 54/US 66 overlap
284 Frontage Road — Frontier Museum
291 Cuervo (US 66 east) East end of US 66 overlap
300 NM 129 - Newkirk (to US 66)
Quaymarker 311 Montoya (US 66 west) West end of US 66 overlap
321 Palomas
Tucumcarimarker 329 I-40 Bus. east; US 66 east - West Route 66 Boulevard East end of US 66 overlap
331 Camino del Coronado
332 NM 209 to NM 104 west - 1st Street
333 US 54 east — Mountain Road East end of US 54 overlap
335 I-40 Bus. west; US 66
339 NM 278 south (US 66; NM 286 north)
343 (no name; US 66)
San Jonmarker 356 NM 469 to US 66 - San Jonmarker
361 Bard (to US 66)
369 NM 93 south - Endee; NM 392 north


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