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Old 10-18-2014, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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IIRC - The two lane and very straight Route 60 west of Magdalena had a speed limit of 70 or 75. That seemed reasonable to me.
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Old 10-19-2014, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Where I live.
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LOW?! Are you kidding me!? They're too HIGH for a state where most people have older cars (circa the 1990's) which whine and complain when you try to hit 65 for any length of time!!! If you WANT to go way too fast on those narrow winding mountain roads especially in the winter time, I hope you hit something and "decrease the surplus population" as Scrooge says on "A Christmas Carol."
Narrow, winding mountain roads are another matter, and SHOULD have lower speed limits.

But main highways where the roads are in good condition (for NM)? Ever driven 380/54 from San Antonio to Alamogordo? That road was in decent shape the last time I drove it--and the speed limits are abysmally low for that stretch.

Boring to tears, really!
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Old 10-19-2014, 10:57 AM
 
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Narrow, winding mountain roads are another matter, and SHOULD have lower speed limits.

But main highways where the roads are in good condition (for NM)? Ever driven 380/54 from San Antonio to Alamogordo? That road was in decent shape the last time I drove it--and the speed limits are abysmally low for that stretch.

Boring to tears, really!
They are upping the limit on 54 to 65 mph as the construction is completed. So you now basically have roughly 15 mile stretches that are 55 and then newer stretches that are 65. Seems reasonable for non-divided highway.

I haven't been on 380 enough to remember the limit, seemed like it was 65 at least in parts, but I may be wrong about that, only driven it maybe 3 times in 10 years.

You can see old sections of highway in the hills off of 380, from the days when rerouted highways were not removed and re-contoured.
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Old 10-19-2014, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Where I live.
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They are upping the limit on 54 to 65 mph as the construction is completed. So you now basically have roughly 15 mile stretches that are 55 and then newer stretches that are 65. Seems reasonable for non-divided highway.

I haven't been on 380 enough to remember the limit, seemed like it was 65 at least in parts, but I may be wrong about that, only driven it maybe 3 times in 10 years.

You can see old sections of highway in the hills off of 380, from the days when rerouted highways were not removed and re-contoured.
For the new, completed sections of 54 outside of Alamo, I don't see why they couldn't at least be 70, but 65 is better than the 50/55 (IIRC) they once had.

I haven't been on 380 since I left Alamogordo in 2011. There were sections of 380 between San Antonio and Carrizozo then that could have been upped to 70 easily.

54 from outside of El Paso to Alamo has a good speed limit, but not the other side from Alamo to San Antonio. I was so relieved not to have to drive that any longer. I even went the much longer way around once--staying on I-25 from ABQ (instead of exiting at San Antonio), and coming in through Cruces.

Really out of the way, so....

I'm glad construction is finally completed on that stretch, though.
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Old 10-19-2014, 01:06 PM
 
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It's not quite completed yet, but getting there. Just the stretch nearest Carrizozo left, plus fixing the screw ups - there have been a few sinking spots next to arroyo bridges, presumably from the fill washing out. Last time I saw them injecting something and presumably they will pave over the dip once the ground is stable.
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Old 11-20-2017, 04:54 PM
 
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I've seen some of the weird low speed limits in certain parts of NM, especially the northern part of the state. Some of them used to be higher.

1) The four lane stretch of NM-502 has a 55 mph limit almost the entire way except for a small area between the NM-4 interchange and the bottom of the Pajarito Plateau where it's 40 due to the road winding; however, it could be 45 or 50 for cars while 40 for trucks. Another stretch between the NM 30 interchange and Pojoaque Valley High School used to be 65 until 2007 when it was lowered to 55.

2) NM 30 used to be 60 mph (except at traffic light near Santa Clara Pueblo) almost all the way to Española and then dropped to 50 mph a mile or so from the city limits. But since 2008, the speed limit along NM 30 is 55 mph from NM 502 to the Santa Clara Pueblo junction and drops to 45 until approaching Española where it drops to 40.

3) US 84/285 is only 55 mph between La Puebla Rd. and Pojoaque (it was 60 mph on that stretch before it was upgraded to an expressway) and then drops to 45 mph through Pojoaque until it increases to 65 on the stretch from Pojoaque to Santa Fe, which is a full freeway. The 65 mph limit on the Pojoaque-Santa Fe stretch is reasonable. But it could easily be 60 on the expressway part between Poaque and La Puebla Road just outside of Española.

4) NM 599 (Santa Fe relief route) has a 55 mph limit from US 84/285 to Airport Road where it briefly drops to 45 mph. Despite tight curves and at grade intersections in a few spots, the speed limit ought to be 60 or 65 on that stretch, especially since the intersection with South Meadows Road was upgraded to an interchange 4 1/2 years ago. However, there is a 65 mph limit from Airport Road to I-25. And I would not be surprised to see the speed limit be 65 on all of NM 599 (except at its termini) if it gets upgraded to full freeway.
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Old 11-20-2017, 05:02 PM
 
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Albuquerque has a couple surface streets with 50 mph and even 55 mph: Tramway Blvd and Paseo Del Norte (east of I-25).

There are a few roads in NM where the speed limit is 70 but all four-lane. And if you want to know, the speed limit on US 285 between Vaughn and Roswell is 70, not 75.
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Old 11-21-2017, 08:02 PM
 
Location: the Permian Basin
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There are a few roads in NM where the speed limit is 70 but all four-lane. And if you want to know, the speed limit on US 285 between Vaughn and Roswell is 70, not 75.
It oughta be 75 or 80 from Rowsell to Clines Corners, with the exceptions of Vaughn and Encino.
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:34 AM
 
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Albuquerque has a couple surface streets with 50 mph and even 55 mph: Tramway Blvd and Paseo Del Norte (east of I-25).

There are a few roads in NM where the speed limit is 70 but all four-lane. And if you want to know, the speed limit on US 285 between Vaughn and Roswell is 70, not 75.
And Tramway is the one main drag where I am watching my speed constantly.
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Old 11-22-2017, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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It oughta be 75 or 80 from Rowsell to Clines Corners, with the exceptions of Vaughn and Encino.
There ought be no speed limit. It should be Montana-style: "reasonable and prudent". Vaughn excepted. Encino should have a 55mph speed limit- the buildings are all vacant anyway except for one gas station that rarely if ever sells gas.

But then the judges in Torrance and Guadalupe counties would get bored. And they'd lose their primary source of income.

There's a reason they call them highwaymen.
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