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NM roadside workers take care around memorials

March 18, 2013 • State News


Bridget Spedalieri, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, left, and Leo Montoya, project manager for NMDOT, stand near the descansos on March 8, 2013 in Las Cruces that honor Brett Sexton, who was killed in an accident after excessive speed on the I-10 ramp caused his truck to flip. Montoya said NMDOT uses extreme caution when dealing with and working around descansos, out of respect for the lives lost. (AP Photo /Las Cruces Sun-News, Shari V. Hill)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — They demolished an old ramp, constructed a massive new one and pushed around tons of dirt and desert brush.

But in their year’s labor to build a more efficient connection between local highways, workers have yet to move three prominent descansos sitting just east of Interstate 10 and south of the new flyover ramp from Interstate 25.

“We try to do everything respectfully,” said Leo Montoya, a project manager for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

That mindset, plus what Montoya called the conservative nature of traffic engineers, results in Login to read more

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