Press release: Main Street switching to two-way on Wednesday

Beginning Wednesday, September 30, 2009, Main Street between First and Second Streets in downtown Portales will be converted to a two-way street from the current one-way traffic configuration. The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has partnered with the City of Portales to complete the transition from the one-way to two-way street.

The NMDOT and the City of Portales will configure the new signals for two-way traffic flow. The project will also include rebuilding the signal system, new signing and re-striping. This work and partnership will address one of the recommendations made by an engineering study and downtown master plan that identified this area’s traffic flow as problematic and inefficient resulting in a history of accidents and other issues. The goal is to create more efficient traffic flow and possibly obtain a traffic signal at the intersection of Main Street and Second Street to support this goal and pedestrian accessibility in the downtown area.

Traffic impacts will be minimal. The NMDOT District Two and the City of Portales would like to thank you for your cooperation during this transition.

Questions may be directed to Bob Kurtz or Manon Arnett with the New Mexico Department of

Transportation District 2, at 575-637-7200 or Tom Howell with the City of Portales, at 575-356-6662.