BIG CHANGES TODAY ON U.S. 550: The New Mexico Department of Transportation will shift eastbound traffic to the north side of the roadway starting Monday so crews can install a 60-inch storm drain pipe on the south side.
A news release from NMDOT’s Kimberly Gallegos says the work is scheduled to run through Oct. 26, though “we recognize this is a major inconvenience and will work with the contractor to complete installation of the storm drain pipe as quickly as possible.”
For the next two weeks, it also means “access to some businesses, including the Speedway, Guang Dong Chinese Restaurant, Pharmacy Plus, Wash-Tub Laundromat and Sonic Drive-In, will be from the small private road and Freedom Lane via Camino Don Tomas south of U.S. 550 during this work. Custom business access signage will be installed to help guide travelers to these destinations.”
And there is a light at the end of the tunnel – “work on this phase of construction, U.S. 550 east of the Rio Grande Bridge, is nearing completion, with crews expected to move the phase west of the Rio Grande Bridge on or before Dec. 1.”