Here is an article that helps to make the point I was trying to make.
'Devil's Highway' may be renamed, ending U.S. 666
Mar. 25, 2003 07:45 AM
SANTA FE - New Mexico, Colorado and Utah agree that U.S. 666 should be renamed, New Mexico highway officials announced Monday.
Utah and Colorado joined New Mexico in submitting applications to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials to change the highway to U.S. 393, according to the New Mexico Highway and Transportation Department.
Gov. Bill Richardson said he wants to fix the highway, as well as the name.
The number has satanic connotations - 666 is the "number of the beast," or Antichrist, in the Bible - and the road is sometimes referred to as the "devil's highway."
"I am very pleased that our friends to the north agree with us that the name change is essential," Richardson said.
The 190-mile highway starts near Gallup, runs through southwestern Colorado and ends in Monticello, Utah.
The association is expected to act on the applications in May or June.
American Indians in northwestern New Mexico have long supported the change because of the satanic connotations, state Rep. Ray Begaye, D-Shiprock, said earlier this year.
In the recent legislative session, Begaye introduced a resolution, which passed both houses unanimously, to change the name of the road to honor state Sen. John Pinto, D-Tohatchi.
According to that resolution, "there are people who refuse to travel the road, not because of the issue of safety, but because of the fear that the devil controls events along (U.S.) 666."
The highway department announced in January it would spend $7.5 million to design improvements to U.S. 666.
Richardson said he would like to expand the two-lane highway to four lanes.