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I-40 to Texas Reopened

Santa Rosa and Tucumcari reopened to travelers early Monday.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced that Interstate 40 reopened in the eastbound direction to the Texas state line. The opening occurred in phases. Crews from NMDOT worked throughout the night in order to have I-40 reopened this morning.

Santa Rosa and Tucumcari reopened to travelers early Monday. Moriarty opened at 9 a.m., and Albuquerque was to open at 9:30 a.m.

NMDOT urged drivers to use caution when traveling on the roadways. Some snow packed and icy conditions still exist throughout the state, especially in the southeast region. Crews are still out plowing and spreading salt and cinder to make roadways safe for travel.

In addition, to help make further progress on the snow in the southeast, heavy equipment has been sent from the northern part of the state to the Roswell area to help reopen U.S. 285. Crews will continue working throughout the day to make progress on removing the snow.

Both Texas and Oklahoma had shut down I-40 travel across their states on Sunday. New Mexico kept I-40 closed as well, until conditions improved.

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