THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION
in the Public Meeting held on
April 5, 2023!
Please read below to learn more about the design, upcoming construction, and CLOSURE OF THE EXISTING JARALES ROAD AT-GRADE CROSSING.
The NMDOT is preparing to replace an existing at-grade railroad crossing in Belen, New Mexico. The crossing is located at the intersection of NM Highway 109, also known as Jarales Road, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railway east of BNSF’s Belen railyard. The project area starts near Trujillo Road at milepost 5.25 and extends north along NM 109 to milepost 6.0 near Camino de Crystal. NM 109 currently crosses three BNSF railway tracks as an undivided at-grade signalized crossing. Trains move in both directions at the crossing, and although daily traffic varies, Federal Railroad Administration data (2019) shows the average daily count as 90 trains per day, some of which are nearly two miles long (10,000 feet). Existing usage on NM 109 includes police, fire, and emergency service vehicles, truck traffic from local industry, local business, residential, and commuter traffic. Vehicles on NM 109 currently experience delays as trains cross the highway throughout the day.
The NM 109 grade separation project will accommodate BNSF’s plan to construct additional sets of tracks for added rail capacity and to expand railyard operations. Due to concerns regarding increased rail traffic volumes, public access, and emergency service response times, BNSF and the NMDOT have agreed that a grade-separated crossing is needed.
Closure of Jarales Rd rail crossing by MAY 8, 2023
BNSF has submitted a written Notice for Closure of the Jarales Road (NM 109) highway-rail grade crossing to NMDOT. Per a Memorandum of Agreement between BNSF and NMDOT, NMDOT shall take all actions necessary to permanently close the Jarales Grade Crossing by May 8th, 2023.
Sandra Chavez, Project Development Engineer
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE April 2023 PUBLIC MEETING!
The NMDOT hosted a virtual public meeting on April 5, 2023. During the meeting, NMDOT and BNSF representatives discussed the upcoming roadway closure, overpass design elements, and anticipated construction timeline. If you were unable to attend the meeting, please watch the recording and look at the PDF of the presentation.
April 2023 | Public Meeting Resources
NM 109 Jarales Rd Road Closure & Bridge Project Update - 4/15/23 (PDF)
April 5, 2023
Previous Community Outreach
As part of the Study Phase of development, an in-person public meeting was held on June 11, 2019, at which time six alternatives were presented. After further development and evaluation of those alternatives, a second public meeting was hosted on August 18, 2020 in a virtual platform to present the preferred alternative to be carried forward into design development. The Phase AB Study was then completed in October 2020. During design development, a third meeting was hosted on August 19, 2021. The Study document and previous meeting summaries are provided below in the PROJECT RESOURCES.
Public Meeting #1 (Study Phase)
Public Meeting #2 (Study Phase)
Completion of Phase AB Study
Design Development Initiated
Public Meeting #3 (Design Phase)
Public Meeting #4 (Pre-Construction Phase)
CLOSURE of Jarales Road At-Grade Crossing (May 8, 2023)
Anticipated start of NMDOT Construction