NMDOT crews ready path to ChimayĆ³'s beloved santuario

Journey begins for faithful

Date March 29, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Publication The Santa Fe New Mexican

Categories Local News & Sports

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During Holy Week, thousands of pilgrims will make the annual journey to Chimayó. Their goal - make it, most of them on foot, to the sacred Santuario de Chimayó by Good Friday. Local agencies are preparing the route to the shrine, about 25 miles north of Santa Fe, for a safe walk and drive.

Starting Monday, New Mexico Department of Transportation crews began sweeping operations, clearing debris from roads leading to Chimayó, including U.S. 84/285. Thursday morning, the right lane on U.S. 84/285 between N.M. 599 and the Tesuque interchange will be closed for crowds of pilgrims to pass through. NMDOT will patrol roads through Good Friday, guiding walkers to on/off ramps at interchanges between Santa Fe and Cuyamungué and picking up trash from receptacles placed along the routes.

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