Highways in New Mexico

 

I've spent the last few days driving around New Mexico - Santa Fe, Los Alamos, down to Roswell and now Carlsbad. The trip has been quite enjoyable as I haven't been this way before.

One of the things that has impressed me is the highways! I came in from Durango CO and as soon as I crossed the New Mexico border I was on a four lane highway. I found this a bit surprising as US 550 didn't pass through any major cities and wasn't really a big truck route. Then I came down US 285 and it was twinned the whole way, as well.

Is this the standard in NM? They might have the wide open spaces down here to do that, but I still find it surprising!

WIPP bribe

DanielT wrote:

Is this the standard in NM?

In a word, no. Very near Carlsbad is the country's only active underground storage facility for nuclear waste. A large share of the road that you have admired on this trip was upgraded to 4 Lane Hwy essentially as a bribe to New Mexico for accepting the facility.

The road transport of radioactive waste material is done in standardized squat cylindrical containers. If you see a truck on the road carrying two or three such things on what amounts to a flatbed trailer, you may have passed one.

Welcome to New Mexico, by the way.

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For whatever reason, I enjoy

For whatever reason, I enjoy the heck out of driving in New Mexico. Try to go there several times a year....just for the drive.

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If you think the roads are great

get your hands on some enchiladas New Mexico style with the egg on top, or two hand a Chili Cheese Burger. You have not lived until you experience Hatch Chilis!

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ahhh man, your making me sick for some great food!!!! ROADTRIP

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And of course the obvious question

Vegasbound wrote:

get your hands on some enchiladas New Mexico style with the egg on top, or two hand a Chili Cheese Burger. You have not lived until you experience Hatch Chilis!

Red or Green?

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"Red or

"Red or Green?"

CHRISTMAS....both.

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Red - Green ????

Roasted Green Chili

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Red or Green ?

Christmas is great on enchiladas

But Roasted Green for the Hamburger.......

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WIPP shipping truck picture

archae86 wrote:

The road transport of radioactive waste material is done in standardized squat cylindrical containers. If you see a truck on the road carrying two or three such things on what amounts to a flatbed trailer, you may have passed one.

Here is a picture of a fully loaded truck carrying three TRUPACT-II containers.

http://www.wipp.energy.gov/NewsandInfo_images/WIPPtruck.jpg

You are most likely to see these on the roads connecting Los Alamos to Carlsbad, though they certainly come to Carlsbad from some other places. But they are not thick on the ground--for all the roads built anticipating them, I've only spotted one or two, and I live here.

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Red and Green

Christmas is also great on Carne Adovada Stuffed Sopapias !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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New Mexico

It is a beautiful state with magnificent scenery to see along the highways.Plus the attractions to visit.

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Thanks for the picture

archae86 wrote:
archae86 wrote:

The road transport of radioactive waste material is done in standardized squat cylindrical containers. If you see a truck on the road carrying two or three such things on what amounts to a flatbed trailer, you may have passed one.

Here is a picture of a fully loaded truck carrying three TRUPACT-II containers.

http://www.wipp.energy.gov/NewsandInfo_images/WIPPtruck.jpg

You are most likely to see these on the roads connecting Los Alamos to Carlsbad, though they certainly come to Carlsbad from some other places. But they are not thick on the ground--for all the roads built anticipating them, I've only spotted one or two, and I live here.

I would not have known what they were. Will watch for them when I'm in NM from now on.

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New Mexico Attractions

charlesd45 wrote:

It is a beautiful state with magnificent scenery to see along the highways.Plus the attractions to visit.

Some attractions are better than others. I stopped in Roswell and was a little disappointed. The UFO Museum was fine, for what it is, but I am glad it was not my real destination.

After that, I went down (literally) to the Carlsbad Caverns and found it unbelievable!!!!! shock I spent three hours stumbling around the Big Room - it's hard to watch where you're going when there is something to see in EVERY direction. I guess Mother Nature is a better designer than man or aliens!

And I didn't see any of the trucks.

Bandelier National

Bandelier National Monument

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Acoma

Taos

Angel Fire

and of course, Old Town Santa Fe

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On the way home from AZ. two

On the way home from AZ. two years ago we stopped in Van Horn TX. for a few days and did a side trip up to Carlsbad. The cavern is just beautiful and the mountains around there are breath taking. We didn't see any of these trucks but a lot of power generating wind mills

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DanielT wrote: Is this the

DanielT wrote:

Is this the standard in NM? They might have the wide open spaces down here to do that, but I still find it surprising!

With politicians having a hand in the allocation of public road building funds, nothing surprises me. (heh heh heh)

Ron

That and more.

PK said, Bandelier National Monument

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Acoma

Taos

Angel Fire

and of course, Old Town Santa Fe
Been to all of those, (twice). I will add the Cultural Center in Albuquerque on Saturdays as well as Old Town there.
Bob from Illinois

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Albuquerque

I've spent the last few days in downtown Albuquerque and it is pretty well empty! There's hardly any trafiic - heck, I've only seen two police cars drive by and I'm only two blocks from the courthouse!

Travelled to Old Town and it was quite a site. The width of the streets in the area give you some idea of traffic; they probably couldn't get two wagons passing on some of them. And the old buildings are interesting - many made me feel tall!

Also

pkdmslf wrote:

Bandelier National Monument

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Acoma

Taos

Angel Fire

and of course, Old Town Santa Fe

Also the ice caves and the extinct volcano crater, Blue Hole, and the old west museum at Ruidoso.

I was kind of surprised when we went to Bandelier seeing the warning signs about the Bubonic plague.

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