Valley Drive Project


Project Information During Construction

During construction, please contact Ami Evans, District One Public Information Officer at 575) 640-5981 or Ryan Tafoya, District One Project Manager at (575) 418-7891 regarding project information.

Upcoming Public Meeting on Tuesday March 19th

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with AUI INC. (Contractor) will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the improvement project of S. Valley Drive (NM 188)/Avenida de Mesilla (NM 28) Intersection Project.
To provide project information regarding construction, detailing information, project specifications, and will answer questions regarding the timeline of the project. The public is encouraged to ask questions and provide comments and to address any concerns they may have as it relates to this project.

ADA: To request Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related accommodations for this meeting, contact Ami Evans, Public Information Officer, NMDOT – District One at (575) 640-5981 at least two days before the meeting.

For information regarding this project contact Ryan Tafoya, NMDOT District One Project Manager at (575) 418-7891, ryan.tafoya@state.nm.us. Media questions can be addressed to Trent Doolittle at trent.doolittle@state.nm.us.


NM 188 (Valley Drive) is one of the key North-to-South Corridors through the City of Las Cruces. As Las Cruces has urbanized over the past 20 years, Valley Drive has seen its importance to the community grow as well. This segment is part of the Historic US Route 85, the primary route between El Paso on the South, extending north all the way to the Canadian border prior to the construction of the Interstate System.

After the construction of the Interstate 10 and Interstate 25 around Las Cruces in the 1960’s, travel demand on Valley Drive took a sharp decline. However, within the last 15 years, Valley Drive has rebounded and is expected to grow even further into the future.

The Valley Drive Project is designed to meet the needs of this corridor over a 20-year planning period under its most recent growth patterns.


Email: contact@valleydrive.net

Call:  (575) 640-5981

Project Managers:

Ami Evans
NMDOT Public Information Officer
NMDOT District One
2912 E. Pine St.
Deming, NM 88030
(575) 640-5981

Ryan Tafoya
NMDOT District One
Project Manager
(575) 418-7891

Molzen Corbin
Wyatt D. Kartchner, P.E.
Vice President
Consultant Project Manager
1155 Commerce Drive, Suite F
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Molzen Corbin Website

Current Traffic Flow Report for February-March 2019

NM 188 Valley Drive/ NM 28 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces

The NMDOT has posted the following alerts:

Starting Februray 17th, AUI, Inc. (Contractor) closed Hickory on the south side of Avenida de Mesilla due to construction, a detour will be in place on Rigsby. Traffic will be allowed to use Hickory to go south, but will not be allowed to exit from the Valley Supercenter shopping area using Hickory to access Avenida de Mesilla. This change will be in place for the next two weeks.

Starting February 14th, AUI, Inc. (Contractor) reduced the eastbound left lane of Picacho Ave at the Valley Drive intersection down to one lane. This change will be in place for the next three weeks due to the construction of Valley Drive. This will not affect access on to north or south Valley Drive.

For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com or www.valleydrive.net.

Major Acceleration of Work

After presenting several options at the January Public Meeting and listening to the input of the community, the NMDOT announced an accelerated work schedule for the Valley Drive (NM 188)/Avenida de Mesilla (NM 28) Intersection Project.

Starting Sunday February 17th, AUI, Inc. (Contractor) began a seven (7) day work schedule with extended work hours in order to expedite the completion of the project early 2020.

Phase 1C Underway - Important Traffic Change on Valley Drive

Phase 1C is underway. In this Phase, traffic is redirected with barriers to the east side of S. Valley Drive from W. Picacho to W. Amador Ave.

The NMDOT is committed to providing affected businesses and individuals with information via its dedicated Website, ValleyDrive.net, and by email alerts. It is also taking proactive efforts to monitor any City of Las Cruces street work that might affect traffic in this area.

Please email contact@valleydrive.net with any questions that may concern you about this change.

AUI Inc. (Contractor) is currently performing roadway reconstruction, utility replacements and lighting/signalization improvements on Valley Drive and Avenida de Mesilla. Currently the (2) active zones of construction are on Valley Drive from Picacho to Amador and on Avenida de Mesilla from Valley Drive to Hickory.

Drivers on Hickory Street will experience lane reductions. Note: Large trucks are not permitted on Hickory Street.

Hadley Drive is open.

Avenida de Mesilla, all traffic is currently pushed into the westbound lanes to allow complete reconstruction on eastbound lanes. Valley Drive is reduced to one lane in each direction at Avenida de Mesilla. Construction will be from 7:00 am to 5:00 PM, 5 days a week.

Here is a list of upcoming work that will be done:

Avenida de Mesilla
•  Waterline installation
•  Subgrade Preparation
•  Base Course
•  Curb and Gutter
•  Sidewalk
•  Concrete Paving
•  Traffic Signals
•  Lighting
•  Drivepads
•  Asphalt Paving

Valley Drive
•  Removals
•  Water services and connections
•  Sanitary Sewer
•  Storm Drain and Drop Inlets

•  Lane reduction
•  Waterline installation

•  Pond Lift Station  

Project Limits

NM 188 (Valley Drive) from NM 28 (Avenue de Mesilla) to US 70 (Picacho Avenue) and Avenue de Mesilla from Valley Drive to Hickory Drive.
Valley Drive Study Limits
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Project Tasks

The project will include improvements to the following:

       • Safety
       • Access Control
       • Driveway Access
       • ADA Improvements
       • Bicycle Accommodations
       • Multi-modal Accommodations
       • Signals
       • Geotechnical Analysis
       • Drainage Improvements

Project Information

Construction for the Valley Drive Project has begun.

Click to see a map of the improvements.

Click on the image to see a map of the improvements under construction.

Project Schedule:

•    Construction
       – Construction Began – June 2018 - Contractor: AUI, Inc.

       – Phase 1C Began – Februray 1, 2019