The NM 14 highway project involved the reconstruction of a 10-mile stretch of National Scenic Byway between Madrid and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The collaborative effort included Sites Southwest, consulting engineering firm Parsons Brinkerhoff, New Mexico Department of Transportation and the Madrid and Cerrillos Citizens Advisory Committee.
Sites Southwest served as the lead consultant for public interaction, landscape restoration/reclamation and context sensitive design for the project. The designers developed special treatments for landscape and wetlands preservation, restoration, slope stabilization, sustainable design and aesthetics appropriate for the rural character and scenic nature of the project.
The project team and advisory committee walked the entire corridor prior to construction marking trees and rock outcroppings that needed to be preserved by transplanting or road realignment. The design effort was unique in that it evolved in great part from working with citizens to address their concerns and ideas.