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Modeling travel patterns in the current and future time periods is an informative way to assist elected officials, technical staff and the public on potential fiscal and traffic impacts from changes to the transportation network. The model used by the MPO deploys a 2010 baseline year, and two forecast years, 2025 and 2040 respectively. It is important to remember that the software used to model different scenarios is a tool only, and should not be interpreted as an exact science. 

One regional project which has gained much attention over the years is the extension of the Pinon Hills Bridge over the Animas River. This project will improve connectivity to and from the Crouch Mesa area- into and out of the City of Farmington, all while relieving traffic volumes on East Main, Browning Parkway, Hutton Ave and US 64. It will also create more traffic in the Crouch Mesa area and county roads leading to the bridge. By understanding new travel patterns and behaviors, decision makers can better coordinate land-use projects that compliment the street facility, develop transportation asset management plans, and design appropriate multi-modal transportation facilities such as bike lanes, sidewalks and bus stops.

The following images illustrate the Average Daily Traffic (ADT) volume difference between an open bridge scenario vs a no bridge scenario. 

Bridge vs No Bridge Volume Difference


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800 Municipal Drive
Farmington, NM 87401
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