Special Project: Los Lunas I-25 Interchange and East-West Corridor

The Challenge
The Village of Los Lunas evolved historically as a farming community and maintains great pride in its rural character. However, annexation and development over the last thirty years have changed the Village from a quiet, rural place into one of the fastest growing municipalities in New Mexico. Currently, NM 6 (Main Street) is the only Interstate exit for Los Lunas and provides the only opportunity for the Village and County residents to cross the Rio Grande. Approximately 40% of vehicles that travel on NM 6 do not stop in Los Lunas.

The Solution
The need for a new I-25 interchange and east-west corridor is to improve traffic flow; access to high growth areas within the study area; and the efficiency of emergency response within the Village and surrounding areas. The resulting congestion adversely affects commuter travel; access to area businesses, schools and services located along NM 6; and the ability to respond quickly to emergency situations. EMS response times are a major factor in “life or death” situations. The Village has been very proactive in addressing this problem and has spent several million dollars over the last decade as the local lead on approximately eight different projects in an attempt to upgrade NMDOT intersection facilities on NM 6 in an effort to alleviate congestion concerns. Therefore, one of the Village’s top priorities is a new I-25 Interchange (with a new east-west arterial and river crossing) that would actually serve most of Valencia County.

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The Village is aware that the entire project may cost approximately $96 million. At this time, the Village would like to begin the design and construction of Phase I of the project estimated to cost $47 million. This phase would include a new I-25 Interchange as well as an eastward extension to NM 314. Phase II would include a new bridge over the Rio Grande River and new intersection at NM 47 and is estimated to cost $49 million.


  • New Mexico State Legislature, Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Subcommittee
    (November 6, 2014)
  • New Mexico State Transportation Commission:
    Las Cruces, December 4, 2014
    Rio Rancho, February 19, 2015
    Aztec, May 21, 2015
    Los Lunas, July 16, 2015
    Socorro, October 15, 2015
    Santa Fe, January 21, 2016
  • Valencia Association of Local Elected Officials (VALEO):
    May 3, 2016
  • Valencia County Commission:
    May 18, 2016
  • U.S. Congressional Visits with Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich and Rep. Steve Pearce, April 28, 2015
    DC Trip
  • U.S. Congressional Visit:
    April 21, 2016
    2016 Washington, DC Visit Los Lunas Officials with Martin Heinrich
  • USDOT Visit:
    April 20, 2016
    2016 Washington, DC Visit Los Lunas Officials with Martin Heinrich

Major Stakeholders
Federal Highway Administration
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
Bureau of Reclamation
New Mexico Department of Transportation
Mid-Region Council of Governments
Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District

Letters of Support and
Resolutions from

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NM State Seal

New Mexico Department of Transportation
Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization

Valencia County Logo

Belen Logo

Bosque Farms Logo

Peralta Logo

Rio Communities Logo

Los Lunas Schools

Los Lunas Fire Department

Los Lunas Police Department

Project Funding

Funding Requests

  • Legislative
  • Gubernatorial
  • Congressional
  • U.S. DOT TIGER Grant