WHERE DID THE I-40 OVERLOOK STOPS GO? That question comes from Phyllis and Bruce Tempest, who ask in an email, “Why were the roadside rest stops on both the north and south side of Interstate 40 overlooking the Laguna Pueblo removed and the area regraded?”
Delane D. Baros, quality manager/public information officer for the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s District Six office, says it came down to safety.
“The scenic overlook stops on each side of I-40 at Laguna were removed because of environmental and health and safety issues. Both locations did not have restroom facilities nor running water and were simply intended as a ‘scenic overlook’ with four large 50-gallon trash receptacles, two on each side, available for motorists.”
Fair warning: This is where the explanation takes a turn to the graphic. You may want to wait to keep reading until long after breakfast. For those with stronger stomachs, it’s important to know what NMDOT crews deal with and what precipitated the shutdown decision.