Major two lane highway near Roswell could see changes

Posted at: 08/07/2014 6:09 PM
Updated at: 08/07/2014 6:12 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Drivers in southeastern New Mexico may be getting some relief. A major highway out of Roswell is still just two lanes, but it might not be that way for long.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 learned Highway 380 could be getting two additional lanes.

“It’s horrible, it's very bumpy, it's so rough," said Kristin Brown.

Brown is talking about the highway from Roswell to Texas.

One wrong move on the 65 mile per hour, two lane highway and it could be catastrophic.

“Just a couple weeks ago I saw a vehicle passing a semi and I didn't think they were going to make it," said Josh Marquart.

Drivers say it doesn’t help that the highway is in a busy oil area.

“There’s bumps, there’s inconsistent patterns in the road," said Peggy Figueroa.

Stand along Highway 380 for just a few minutes and you’ll see one semi after another flying down the highway.

“This highway is busy and fast and dangerous," said Mark Brewer.

“Nothing is going to get done if we don't start working it today," said Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh.

Kintigh wants the highway to expand to four lanes.

"I think it has to happen,” said Kintigh. “The demand is so great and the growth down here is so great." 

The mayor says a majority of people want to see the highway four lanes. There's only one problem, money.

Kintigh says it will cost $100,000,000 for the 100 mile project.

Thursday Kintigh met with the Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Church and other state officials. He says things are looking good.

"I know Secretary Church is committed to it,” said Kintigh. “He's looking at some funding streams. He's got some funds he's identified."

Drivers are hopeful.

“It would be safer," said Brewer.

"I think if it goes to four lanes, I think that a lot of people are going to be a lot more stress free driving to where they need to go destination wise," said Figueroa.