NMSP urges caution in work zone averaging a death a month

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —New Mexico State Police is demanding caution while driving in an I-40 work zone averaging a death a month.

Eastbound I-40 is down to one lane between mile markers 232 and 240, near Clines Corners, where crews are resurfacing the road. Since the project began in April, State Police officers have seen 18 crashes, resulting in four deaths.

Officers cite excessive speed and following too closely as the top contributing factors. Because of this, they’re now urging drivers to be vigilant, patient, and cautious when merging in this area.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation anticipates crews will finish the project by November.