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The project limits are located between Milepost 11 and Milepost 27 on Route 66 in the Gallup, New Mexico. The project falls within NMDOT District 6 boundaries. The study area is approximately 16 miles long and has been divided into seven segments to assist the team in developing various alternatives specific to each segment.

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The Route 66 Improved Project is dedicated to finding safer, more efficient and improved ways for the community to travel along the Route 66 corridor. As part of the Phase IA/IB Study, several proposed alternatives have been identified to achieve this goal. The proposed alternatives have been grouped into two categories: rural and urban.



Alternative 1 – Two-Lane Section with 6-Foot Shoulder (Affected Segment: 1)

Alternative 2 – Two-Lane Section with Offset Multi-Use Trail (Affected Segment: 1)

Alternative 3 – Two-Lane Section with Buffered Multi-Use Trail (Affected Segment: 1)

Alternative 1 – Four-Lane Section with a Two-Way Left Turn (Affected Segments: 2,3,4,5,6 & 7)

Alternative 2 – Four-Lane Section with Raised Medians (Affected Segments: 2,3,4,5,6 & 7)

Alternative 3 – Four-Lane Section with Raised Medians & Two-Way Left Turn Lane at Various Locations (Affected Segments: 2,3,4,5,6 & 7)

Alternative 4 – Bike Boulevard (Affected Segments: 3,4,5,6 & 7)

Alternative 5 – Road Diet (Affected Segments: 4 & 5)

Alternative 6 – Superstreet with Restricted Route 66 Left Turns at 2nd Street & 3rd Street (Affected Segments: 4 & 5)

Alternative 7 – Superstreet with Permitted Route 66 Left Turns at 2nd Street & 3rd Street (Affected Segments: 4 & 5)

Alternative 8 – Cycle Track Option A (Affected Segments: 3,4,5,6 & 7)

Alternative 9 – Cycle Track Option B (Affected Segments: 3,4,5,6 & 7)

Alternative 10 – Eastbound Route 66 Auxiliary Lane (Affected Segments: 5,6 & 7)


  • Road Diet - A typical Road Diet is the conversion of a four-lane roadway to a three-lane roadway. The reduction of lanes allows the roadway cross section to be reallocated for other uses such as bike lanes, pedestrian refuge islands, transit uses, and/or parking.

  • Bike Boulevard - Bicycle Boulevards are streets with low motorized traffic volumes and speeds, designated and designed to give bicycle travel priority.

> See Bike Boulevard example here

  • Cycle Track - A Cycle Track is an exclusive bike facility that combines the user experience of a separated path with the on-street infrastructure of a conventional bike lane.

> See Cyce Track example here

  • Superstreet - A Superstreet is characterized by the prohibition of left-turn and through movements from side street approaches. A Superstreet accommodates these movements by requiring drivers to turn right onto the main road and then make a U-turn maneuver at a median opening after the intersection.

> See Superstreet example here

In addition to the rural and urban alternatives, each segment has the option of a "no-build" solution.

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