New Mexico DOT increased safety, reduced congestion, and opened up multimodal access with its $33 million I-25 University Avenue Project in Las Cruces.
New Mexico DOT’s project created a direct link into the New Mexico State University (NMSU) campus through new roundabouts, which improved safety and traffic flow. The new interchange also provides alternative routes into the city and to the interstate system. It encourages more people to walk or bike by linking the existing trails in the area, while also strengthening protections for pedestrians and bicyclists who use those trails. Finally, it improved local traffic flow through use of two roundabouts rather than a signalized intersection. This project improved access for commuters and special events traffic by eliminating backups onto the interstate and local roadways.
The interchange is now safer, allowing for better traffic flow and promoting multiple forms of transportation from semi-truck traffic to pedestrians. This intersection now acts as a true gateway into Las Cruces and the NMSU campus but also as a testament to how New Mexico and the City of Las Cruces will benefit for years to come by economic development.