often said the road to hell is paved with good intentions. In New
Mexico, it’s paved with blacktop.
this case, the road is a U.S. highway that runs from Gallup to Shiprock,
NM, and that is well known as one of the most dangerous highways
in that state.
people died on the road and 144 were injured in 2000 and 2001, according
to Reuters news service, placing the 160-mile stretch among
the highest fatalities per mile of any road in the state, and earning
it a dubious nickname: The Highway to Hell.
road’s official name does nothing to help its image: U.S. Route
the part where the good intentions come in – New Mexico Gov. Bill
Richardson told the news service last week he wants to renovate
the road to cut fatalities and even change the highway’s name because
of the number’s association with Satan.
Reuters said the highway received the 666 because it was the sixth highway
to branch off of the famed U.S. Route 66. The name has remained
since 1942. The highway is in the four corners region, running north
along the Arizona border from I-40 to just south of the Colorado