Construction in Las Cruces causes confusion

Updated: Monday, May 26 2014, 08:51 PM MDT
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By Patrick Hayes
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- The New Mexico Department of Transportation postponed construction on the westbound on ramp at Avenida de Mesilla on to the I-10.

A spokesperson from NMDOT said construction will resume by 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Tourists and business owners were happy to hear this is the last I-10 project schedule in Dona Ana County.

"Kind of ready for it to be over with already," said Shawn Steyskal, a vacationer from Silver City.  

Steyskal stopped to eat at La Posta De Mesilla, a popular restaurant about ten minutes from the freeway.  

"This weekend there's a lot of driving public out," said Tom Hutchinson, who owns the restaurant. "So we're seeing a lot of Texas license plates, a lot of Arizona license plates."

Hutchinson said his business hasn't declined as result of the construction but it is frustrating.

"So 139 is closed right now so it makes our El Paso customers have to get off an exit early or an exit later.  So it can be a little bit confusing."

NMDOT said it holds public meetings before starting construction projects so business owners know what to expect.

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution when driving through construction zones and to be on the lookout for people working.

Updates on road projects and traffic alerts will be posted on the department's website, and can be retrieved by calling 511 in New Mexico, or 800-432-4269 out of state. 


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