Originally designed in the late 1950s as a 2-lane “bypass highway” connecting
Cerrillos Road and Old Pecos Trail, St. Michael’s Drive was widened in the mid-1970s. Today St. Michael’s Drive is one of the city’s busiest streets with seven lanes of traffic (six through-lanes and a center turn lane) in the 1¼ miles between St. Francis Drive and Cerrillos Road. It handles approximately 25,000-30,000 vehicles per day. The adjoining, suburban-style land development pattern includes a combination of shopping centers and older car dealerships, marked by large expanses of parking lots along the road edge and large, aging, big-box buildings set back from the road.