LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly completed Interstate 10 / Interstate 25 interchange in Las Cruces Tuesday afternoon.
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, New Mexico Department of Transportation officials and members of the Federal Highway administration joined in celebrating the $37 million project that will make traveling more efficient.
"We'll be able to transport goods and people will be able to travel from one place to another without all the delays that were taking place," Governor Martinez said.
A.S. Horner, a New Mexico contractor, finished the work in less than a year and on budget.
The work includes a new flyover ramp connecting I-10 eastbound to I-25 northbound and a new ramp connecting I-25 southbound to I-10 westbound to accommodate the 43,000 vehicles that drive through the area on a daily basis.
The project also features a longer extended ramp that is safer for cars and reduces the potential for overturned vehicles.
"That's a priority, so every project that we build includes new safety features to make it safe while people are traveling," said NMDOT Secretary Tom Church.
The project also included adding new lighting, curbs and gutters along Stern Drive and Las Alturas Drive.