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07/11/19 - I-25 Rio Bravo-Interchange Nearing Completion
ALBUQUERQUE, — The New Mexico Department of Transportation is pleased to announce, the I-25 Rio Bravo Interchange Project is nearing completion. In celebration and recognition of the tremendous effort and collaborative support, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Friday morning at 10 a.m. at the new interchange. Read more...

07/03/19 - July Safety Seat Inspections
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Division is proud to partner with Safer New Mexico Now to reduce deaths and injuries on our state’s roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the proper use of a child safety seat reduces the risk of death among infants by 71% and 53% for older children. In order for a safety seat to be effective, it should fit the child, the vehicle and be used consistently and correctly. Read more...

07/02/19 - Enjoy Your Independence Drive Sober or “Take a Ride on Us” NMDOT Partners to Offer Safe Rides over Fourth of July Holiday
ALBUQUERQUE – The Fourth of July “Take a Ride on Us” program begins Wednesday, July, 3rd at 12:00 p.m. and runs through Sunday, July, 7th at 3:00 a.m. Twelve-hundred rides will be offered under the Uber app, using the code: ABQUSA19. Tips are not included and refunds are not provided for trips under $10. Read more...

07/02/19 - New Mexico Airports Receive Second Round of Funding for Improvement Projects
SANTA FE– The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $3.18 billion in airport infrastructure grants across the United States in 2019. Read more...

06/05/19 - NMDOT Traffic Safety Reminder: Secure Your Load
SANTA FE – According to New Mexico law, drivers must secure their loads or face a $300 fine for littering on state highways. New Mexico statute 66-7-364 states, “No person shall throw, deposit, drop or permit to be dropped, any trash, or destructive, injurious material upon any highway.” Read more...

06/05/19 - Roadside Removal of Debris to Temporally Close U.S. 82 in Otero County
Alamogordo – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) in coordination with the Lincoln National Forest Service will temporarily close U.S. 82 to remove debris from a recent crash that occurred near the tunnel in Otero County. The removal of the wreckage, which is in the canyon off highway 82, is expected to take place the week of June 17th. Read more...

05/31/19 - Public Open House Meeting for the I-40 Wall Barrier Project Laguna Pueblo, NM Control Number: 6101180
SANTA FE- The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in coordination with the Pueblo of Laguna will hold a public open house meeting to discuss the construction of a new concrete wall barrier on I-40 near Laguna Pueblo. The project limits are I-40 from Milepost 114 to Milepost 116.5, near the Laguna Interchange. Read more...

05/31/19 - Child Safety Seat Inspections in June
SANTA FE– Three out of four car seats are not installed correctly, according to Safer New Mexico Now. The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and Safer are hosting Car Seat Inspection Clinics and Car Seat Fitting Stations throughout the state in June. Read more...

05/19/19 - Click it or Ticket - Law Enforcement Efforts Begin May 20th
SANTA FE – According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nearly 27.5 million Americans still don't buckle up. That’s nearly the entire population of Texas. The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and its partners want to stress to all New Mexicans, seat belt safety is imperative. According to NHTSA in 2017, there were more than 10-thousand unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the U.S. Read more...

05/17/19 - Public Invited to Comment on Changes to Current and Future Projects
Santa Fe – NMDOT strives to keep the public informed and cares about their opinions. The department’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is amended quarterly and always open for viewing on the NMDOT website. The public is welcome to review the list of current and proposed road and bridge projects then post comments. Read more...

04/25/19 - NMDOT Supports Motorcycle Safety Days
SANTA FE- In 2017 there were 47 motorcycle fatalities in New Mexico. Department of Transportation Cabinet Secretary Michael Sandoval says, “We ask every driver to do their part to travel as safely as possible, obey traffic laws and get the training they need to drive and ride responsibly.” This summer, three “Motorcycle Safety Days” will be hosted by various dealerships to provide a fun opportunity for motorcyclists both new and experienced to learn and refresh their riding skills and hear from motorcycle experts. The first event is this weekend and is dedicated to motorcycle safety and awareness with appreciation and celebration of motorcycle enthusiasts. Read more...

04/17/19 - North Main Street To Temporally Close Tuesday Evening, April 30, for “Sgt. Christopher A. Sanders Memorial Bridge” Dedication
Roswell, NM – Representatives of the Department of Transportation, local officials, friends and family of Sgt. Christopher A. Sanders will gather for a Memorial Dedication of the pedestrian bridge that crosses over North Main Street in front of New Mexico Military Institute Pearson Auditorium Tuesday, April 30, from 9pm to 9:30pm. Read more...

04/15/19 - NMDOT Provides Safe Walking Routes To El Santuario de Chimayò
SANTA FE -- The New Mexico Department of Transportation is committed to creating safe passages along state highways for the annual Pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayò. The National Historic Landmark carries religious significance and is said to have sacred soil within its walls containing miraculous healing powers. The Northern New Mexico shrine draws thousands of people during the week leading up to Easter Sunday. NMDOT Sec. Mike Sandoval says, “The pilgrimage to Chimayò is a special, longstanding New Mexico tradition. NMDOT will do everything possible to make sure walkers have a safe journey.” Read more...

04/09/19 - High Winds Expected With Blowing Dust
Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will be monitoring roadway conditions with law enforcement as high wind advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service. The NMDOT would like to remind the traveling public that blowing dust can escalate to blinding dust storms as they move quickly through remote areas. If you must travel, we recommend that you monitor local forecast conditions prior to starting your trip, and visit our web site as roadway conditions change throughout the state of New Mexico. Read more...

03/21/19 - U.S. 82 Reconstruction Project Continues in Eddy County
Artesia – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is investing approximately $58 million on the U.S. 82 corridor between Artesia to Maljamar. The project began summer of 2017, working on utility relocation, drainage structures, and other work along the corridor. Read more...

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