Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Work Improves U.S. 550 Safety.(New Mexico)

Byline: Leslie Linthicum Journal Staff Writer

* Construction forces drivers to slow down on what is known as the state's most dangerous highway

U.S. 550 (formerly N.M. 44) has gone from being one of the deadliest highways in New Mexico to one of the safest.

All it took was 100-some miles of orange barrels, creeping speed limits and construction patrols.

The 109-mile stretch of U.S. 550 between San Ysidro and Bloomfield that is under construction marked a milestone in November: There was not a single traffic accident.

The achievement is being lauded by the New Mexico Highway and Transportation Department as a welcome turnaround driven by speed patrols and speed zones. …

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