- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CHIMAYO, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico transportation officials say crews have been busy preparing routes for the annual Good Friday pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo.

Crews have repaired the shoulders along some of the popular routes to control erosion, while debris and litter have been removed to create for safe walking paths.

Starting Thursday, crews will work around the clock to put up signs and orange barrels to warn motorists of the increased foot traffic. Pilgrims are encouraged to wear bright clothing.

Some pilgrims will make the 90-mile, three-day walk from Albuquerque to the shrine that houses “el pocito,” a small pit of dirt that some believe possesses curing powers.

Chimayo is a National Historic Landmark, and some 200,000 people are estimated to visit each year, with the bulk occurring during Holy Week.

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