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Traffic Update
This page contains information on lane restrictions that may be present during road construction in the City of Rio Rancho. Information will be updated on this page as it becomes available. Motorists traveling within construction zones are urged to drive with caution and observe traffic control devices. Remember to always wear your seat belt and drive the speed limit.

Current Road Construction:

  • 17th Avenue NE:  There will be mill and inlay work being done on this road.  This means that the contractor, Star Paving, will mill out two inches of the existing road surface and place back new asphalt in the areas that have been removed.
    • Work will begin July 6, 2015.
    • The mill and inlay will be done on the same day so there will be no drop off or uneven milled surfaces.
      • The milling of the road surface will begin at 19th Street NE and move towards Cherry Road.  The eastbound lane will be milled and paved first, with temporary markings applied while the westbound lane is being done.  Striping will follow after the mill and inlay is complete.
    • Please observe any detours, road closures, or reduced speeds.  Please also watch out for workers in the road.  Work will be done from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday.
    • Road Detours and Closures PDF.

  • Intersection Modification:  The intersections of 16th Avenue SE and Grande Boulevard SE, and 18th Avenue SE and Grande Boulevard SE will be modified to improve sight and safety for motorists.  Construction for this project has been postponed and will resume once issues have been resolved. 

  • NM 528 Widening Project: Work is done by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and may require roadway lane restrictions between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., Monday- Friday.
    • Final paving/striping will occur in July 2015.

  • NM 550 Mill and Inlay ProjectWork is done by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT).  The mill and inlay work is being done from NM 528 to NM 313.
    • Construction will begin June 22, 2015.  Work is expected to be complete by July 3, 2015.
    • There will be lane restrictions present from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., Monday- Friday.  There will be one lane kept open each way at all times.

  • Northern and Rockaway Traffic Signal Construction: Northern Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard will be getting a new traffic signal.  The underground work will be completed first, then there will be a suspension of approximately four weeks while equipment arrives before the project can be completed.
    • Construction will be completed in July 2015.

  • Water Service Line Replacement Project Phase III: Work taking place may require roadway lane restrictions between 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. When this occurs detour routes will be noted with signs.
    • Hood Road SE (June 29 - July 3, 2015)
    • Hood Way SE (July 1 - July 7, 2015)
    • Spur Road SE (July 6 - July 21, 2015)
    • Tahoe Court SE (July 22 - July 23, 2015)
    • Paiute Road SE (July 24 - July 28, 2015)
    • Osceloa Road SE (July 29 - July 31, 2015)
    • Visual of Road Construction and/or Closure PDF.

Statewide Road Conditions:

Speed Map:
  • A real time speed data map has been created for the roads Unser Boulevard (from Westside Boulevard to Paseo del Volcan) and Southern Boulevard (from Lisbon Avenue to NM 528).
  • This map is updated every 5 minutes.
  • Key:
    • Blue is fast (above the speed limit)
    • Green is normal (around the speed limit)
    • Yellow is below normal (below the speed limit)
    • Orange is slow (significantly below the speed limit)
    • Red is extremely slow (traffic is at a crawl)

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