New Mexico State Road 2

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State Road 2 marker

State Road 2
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length32.859 mi[1] (52.881 km)
Major junctions
South end US 285 near Artesia
  NM 249 in Hagerman
NM 256 near Roswell
North end US 285 near Roswell
Location
CountiesEddy, Chaves
Highway system
  • State Roads in New Mexico
NM 1NM 3

New Mexico State Road 2 (NM 2) is a state highway in the state of New Mexico. It travels southeast from U.S. Route 285 (US 285), outside of Roswell, New Mexico, passing through Midway. While in Dexter, it turns right as Old Dexter Highway and passes through Greenfield, Hagerman, and Lake Arthur, before ending back at US 285.

History[edit]

1926 specification shield for Route 2 and later State Road 2.
Later shield for NM 2, until its replacement by US 285 in the mid 1930s.

Prior to 1927, the Route 2 designation had been applied to a highway from the Texas state line near Carlsbad to Route 1 in Santa Fe. After 1927, State Road 2 ran from the Texas line southeast of Malaga to the Colorado border northeast of Chama. This newer routing replaced the original Route 8 between Santa Fe and Española and Route 36 from Española to Colorado. NM 2 was approximately 425 miles long. In the mid 1930s, it was decommissioned and replaced by US 285. In the early 1950s, US 285 was rerouted south of Roswell. NM 2 was recommissioned along the older routing. US 285 was rerouted again between Roswell and Artesia in the mid 1960s. The older routing was at first designated US 285 Alternate, but was renumbered as an extension of NM 2 by the 1970s. Part of the original US 285 re-alignment south of Roswell was cut off by the mid 1960s extension north of Artesia. This cutoff became a spur of NM 2. During the 1988 Renumbering, NM 2 was truncated. The route north of the spur was renumbered as NM 256 and mainline NM 2 was extended over the spur.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[3]kmDestinationsNotes
Eddy0.0000.000 US 285 (Roswell Highway) – Artesia, RoswellSouthern terminus
5.9939.645 NM 438 west (East Pearson Road)Eastern terminus of NM 438
ChavesLake Arthur8.82214.198Eleventh StreetWestern terminus of former NM 507
9.09714.640Pueblo RoadEastern terminus of former NM 557
Hagerman16.41226.413East Morgan StreetEastern terminus of former NM 558
16.66326.816 NM 249 east (East Aberdeen Street) – MaljamarWestern terminus of NM 249
18.42229.647East Chickasaw RoadSouthern terminus of former NM 340
Dexter22.86036.790South Lincoln AvenueNorthern terminus of former NM 339
23.05737.107 NM 190 east (First Street)Western terminus of NM 190
23.91838.492Cherokee Road, East Shawnee RoadNorthern terminus of former NM 340, eastern terminus of former NM 560
31.05849.983 NM 256 north (Old Dexter Highway)Southern terminus of NM 256
32.85952.881 US 285 (Southeast Main Street) – Artesia, RoswellNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Posted Route–Legal Description" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. March 16, 2010. p. 1. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
  2. ^ Riner, Steve (21 May 2009). "Details of New Mexico State Routes 1-25". NM Highways. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  3. ^ "TIMS Road Segments by Posted Route/Point with AADT Info; NM, NMX-Routes" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. April 3, 2013. pp. 1–2. Retrieved December 21, 2013.

External links[edit]

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata

Geographic data related to New Mexico State Road 2 at OpenStreetMap