US 56 and 62 in New Mexico

By | October 18, 2022

US 56 in New Mexico

US 56
Get started jumper
End Clayton
Length 95 mi
Length 153 km
Route
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Clayton

Oklahoma

US 56 is a US Highway in the US state of New Mexico. The road forms an east-west route in the northeast of the state, between Springer on Interstate 25 and Clayton on the Oklahoma border. The entire New Mexico route is double -numbered with other roads, US 412 and US 64. The road is 153 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

US 56 begins in the village of Springer at the junction with Interstate 25, the highway from Albuquerque to Denver. US 412 also starts here. Both roads then run east, crossing the Canadian River, a tributary of the Mississippi. The road here runs over a plateau at an altitude of about 1800 meters, and the landscape is barren and desolate. One only passes through a few villages on the 130 kilometers to Clayton. In the distance you can sometimes see some mesas, elevations in the landscape. One then reaches Clayton, a large village. Here you cross the US 87, which runs from Raton to Amarillo, and the US 64 also joins here, so that after Clayton adouble numbering of US 56, US 64 and US 412 results. Officially one even passes through Texas, the extreme northwest of that state runs to the middle of the road. A little further on the border with Oklahoma follows, after which the US 56 in Oklahoma continues to Boise City.

History

Originally, this road was numbered State Route 58. Around 1938 the western half between Springer and Gladstone was asphalted, the asphalting of the eastern part was delayed by the Second World War and was paved in the late 1940s. US 56 was added to the network in 1957. The western terminus has been I-25 at Springer ever since. The entire route is double-numbered with other US Highways, namely the US 412 between Springer and Clayton and from Clayton the US 64 will also be added.

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Traffic intensities

The road is very quiet, between I-25 and Clayton there are only about 600 to 900 vehicles per day, 1700 in Clayton, and again 600 after Clayton.

US 62 in New Mexico

US 62
Get started Whites City
End Hobbs
Length 112 mi
Length 180 km
Route
TexasCarlsbad

Hobbs

Texas

US 62 is a US Highway in the US state of New Mexico. The road forms an east-west route through the southeast of the state, passing through the cities of Carlsbad and Hobbs. The highway is double -numbered along its entire length with US 180, and is one of two U.S. Highways that both begin and end at the Texas state line. The road is 180 kilometers long.

Travel directions

US 62/180 west of Hobbs.

Near Carlsbad Caverns National Park, US 62 in Texas enters New Mexico from El Paso in a mountainous desert region at about 1,200 feet. The road here has one lane in each direction, and runs for about 55 kilometers to the town of Carlsbad. Carlsbad is one of the larger towns in the New Mexico outback with a population of 27,000. It crosses US 285, the road from Roswell and Artesia to Pecos in Texas. From Carlsbad, US 62 has 2×2 lanes, and its remoteness and few connections make it much like a highway. One passes over desolate plains to the east, through an area where oil is extracted. About 110 kilometers east of Carlsbad you reach Hobbs, a city of 29,000 inhabitants. Here one crosses SR-18, a 2×2 highway from Lovington to Kermit, Texas. Just after Hobbs the border with Texas follows, the US 62 in Texas then continues to Lubbock.

History

The predecessor to US 62 is State Route 18 west of Hobbs and State Route 10 to the Texas border. US 62 was added to the network in 1930. The western starting point at the time was US 285 in Carlsbad. In 1932 the route was extended further to El Paso, Texas. The route has not been modified in New Mexico since then. The US 62 is the direct connection between two regional cities, namely Carlsbad and Hobbs, and the route between them is therefore designed as a divided highway.

When the route became a US Highway, the road was still completely unpaved. In the first half of the 1930s, the first parts were asphalted, as approach roads to Carlsbad. The asphalting was slow at first, reaching less than 10 miles from Carlsbad in 1935, but accelerating in the late 1930s, and by 1940 all of US 62 in New Mexico was paved.

In the 1960s, US 62 began to be widened into a 2×2 divided highway, initially only a section from Carlsbad to the east, a route of approximately 30 kilometers. Presumably in the second half of the 1970s, US 62 was widened to 2×2 lanes all the way to Hobbs, creating a divided highway 120 kilometers between Carlsbad and the Texas border. In 2003 the Governor Richardson’s Investment Partnership (GRIP) was launched, one of its projects was to widen the western portion of US 62 between the Texas and Carlsbad border into a 2×2 divided highway, which was completed in 2009.

Traffic intensities

The section from the Texas border to Carlsbad is very quiet with 1,600 to 2,000 vehicles per day. Between Carlsbad and Hobbs, 3000 to 4000 vehicles per day on the 2×2 section, and 5000 vehicles cross the Texas border every day.

US 62 in New Mexico