- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

JEMEZ PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) - Jemez Pueblo leaders who are tired of seeing traffic speed through their northern New Mexico village say they are considering either bulldozing a popular state highway or putting up toll booths.

Pueblo Gov. Joshua Madalena tells the Associated Press the tribe has been seeking state and federal funding for a 5-mile bypass project for the past 60 years, but those efforts have not been successful.

He says the federal government just recently turned down the pueblo’s latest application.

As a result, Madalena says he needs to take action to ensure families who live along the much-traveled national scenic byway are safe.

State officials did not immediately return a message seeking comment Friday evening.

The tribe estimates the bypass project would cost about $26 million.

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