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New Mexico/Major roads/Main

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Interstates in New Mexico are the following:

  • I-10 Arizona to Texas
  • I-40 Arizona to Texas
  • I-25 Colorado to I-10

Other Important Major Roads

  • US-550 Farmington to Albuquerque
  • US-285 Colorado to Texas
  • US-60 Arizona to Texas
  • US-54 El Paso, TX to NW Texas
  • SR-26 Hatch NM to Deming NM, critical for functional classification routing

State Highway Naming

The approved format for State Highway naming in New Mexico is: SR-##

Locking Standard

Actual locks used may be more or less than values in the table, depending on area circumstance. Please consult RC, SM, or appropriate AM for guidance.

New Mexico Minimum Locking Rank Standard
Segment Type Default locks
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  4
 Major Highway  4
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  2
 Street  1
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2
 • • • • Ferry • • • •   5

Up Locking Roads

To prevent tampering with roads that have special modifications made to them the road segments will be up-locked one level from what is stated in this guide. If you find a road that is up-locked above the standard, please get with the State Manager or the Regional Coordinator listed in this guide

Functional Classification

Reference: Road names/USA and Road types/USA. New Mexico participates in the functional classification of roads.

NMDOT to Waze Functional Classification conversion

GIS Legend

The New Mexico Classification and Color scheme comes from the official New Mexico D.O.T (NMDOT) Functional Classification (FC) map that is published by NMDOT. The legend shows what classifications NMDOT uses and what color is assigned to each class. The actual interactive State Map can be found here:

NMDOT to Waze conversion table
Highway Systems
Interstate US Hwy (incl. some special routes) State Hwy (incl. some special routes) State Hwy BUS, SPUR[a], LOOP Locally-maintained
example>>>>> I-10 E US-190 SR-23 SR-400 Loop Robertson St

  Interstate    Fw  n/a n/a n/a n/a
  Principal Arterial  n/a  Major   Major   Major   Major 
  Minor Arterial  n/a  Major   Minor   Minor   Minor 
  Major Collector  n/a  Major   Minor   Minor   Minor 
  Minor Collector  n/a  Major   Minor   PS   PS 
  Collector (Urban)  n/a  Major   Minor   PS   PS 
 Local/Not Mapped  n/a  Major   Minor   PS   Street 

Deviations from FC
  • State Highways that are classified on the State FC map as "Minor Collector," but are dirt/gravel, should be classified as  PS , instead of  Minor .
  • SR-26, Hatch NM to Deming NM, as  Major  to allow routing from I-25 south to I-10 west and bypass Las Cruces.