NMDOT preps for pilgrimage

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The highways and roads that lead to the village of Chimayó will be crowded next week as thousands of people begin their pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayó.
The largest crowds will be seen on Good Friday, March 29, but road congestion and minor delays can be expected any time in this area during Holy Week, the week before Easter Sunday.
NMDOT District Five maintenance crews have begun sweeping operations and are preparing safe walking areas along U.S. Highway 84/285, N.M. 502, N.M. 503 and N.M. 76. Electronic message boards and other traffic signs will be placed along these routes to alert motorists to the expected large number of pedestrians on the road.
NMDOT maintenance crews will place trash receptacles along the roads and portable lighting structures will be stationed at strategic locations to aid nighttime walkers.
The regulation against roadside vending on the highway right-of-way will be strictly enforced to protect the safety of pilgrims and motorists. Parking on Juan Medina Road in Chimayo will not be allowed. No open burning is permitted due to extreme wildfire danger.
Law enforcement and emergency responders will patrol all areas of the pilgrimage to enhance overall safety. Twenty-six local, state, federal and tribal agencies have been involved in planning and preparation for emergencies that might arise during the pilgrimage. Planning is being coordinated by the Emergency Management Offices of Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties and the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
For more information, contact Patricia Wolff, NMDOT District Five Public Information Officer at 476-4245 or 670-1283.

From a press release