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District 1

District Engineer

The District Engineer administers, coordinates, and generally supervises the direct work forces engaged in highway and bridge maintenance: and, directs project inspection of contractors' work for compliance with plans, specifications, and contract documents. He assures compliance by department personnel, and contractors, with policies and procedures of the Federal Highway Administration on projects involving federal aid funds. He prepares preliminary maintenance programs for the district and directs their execution.

The District Engineer maintains liaison with directors and division heads of the General Office, with Federal Highway Administration officials, elected officials, numerous agencies and with the general public on all matters affecting the state highway system within Socorro, Catron, Grant, Sierra, Dona Ana, Luna, and Hidalgo counties.

Trent Doolittle, P.E., District One Engineer Office: 575-640-6807 trent.doolittle@state.nm.us
Lugarda "Lulu" Lopez, Administrator Office: 575-313-3860 lugarda.lopez@state.nm.us
Ami Evans, Public Information Office: 575-640-5981 ami.evans@state.nm.us

District One Office:
Physical/Mailing Address
2912 E. Pine St.
Deming, NM 88030
Toll Free: 1-800-444-0745

Business Management

Business Support provides daily support operations to ensure that the core public service providers have the necessary tools and resources. This section is focused on providing fiduciary oversight in budget, procurement, accounting services, radio room operations and information technology services. Additionally, they provide services in Buildings and Grounds, Fleet Maintenance Services, Safety Operations and Human Resources.

Adrian Apodaca Business Manager Office: 575-640-1241 adrian.apodaca@state.nm.us
Melissa Torres Business Administration
Office: 575-640-8042 melissa.torres@state.nm.us
Vanessa Acosta Human Resources
Office: 575-888-7840 Vanessa.Acosta@state.nm.us


The Assistant District Engineer for Construction ensures that road construction projects performed by independent contractors are done according to plans, specifications, and special provisions, governing the projects by providing project inspection, materials testing, records auditing, and awarding contract payment for completed work. Mr. Castorena is responsible for all engineering and manpower activities including five field construction crews, materials testing laboratory, audit unit, and office support staff to assure that projects are finished within time limits and according to Construction Letting Schedules.

Aaron Chanvarria, P.E. Assistant District Engineer-Construction Office:575-640-6804 aaron.chavarria@state.nm.us
Danna Molina, Administrative Assistant Office: 575-305-5235 Danna.molina@state.nm.us


The Assistant District Engineer for Maintenance is responsible for the management and oversight of 5,322 lane miles of roadway including 350 centerline miles of Interstate and the District Bridge Section. In addition, District One serves the public by providing 12 full service rest area sites, which including the Tourist Information Centers in Lordsburg and Anthony, NM.

The Maintenance Section are broken up into 14 Maintenance Patrols, Bridge CrewHeavy Maintenance Crew, Transporting Crew and is proud of its Chip Seal Crew. They were the recipients of the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2018 "Best Chip Sealing Award".

Gene Paulk P.E., Assistant District Engineer-Maintenance Office: 575-494-0364 gene.paulk@state.nm.us


Our section manages Highway Engineering related activities through three functional groups: Traffic Engineering, Technical Support and Surveying. Each respective section head is a New Mexico Licensed Professional Engineer. We provide Highway and Bridge Engineering support to the District Maintenance section, District Construction, District Design and local governments.

Harold Love, P.E., Engineer Support Manager Office: 575-640-6811 harold.love@state.nm.us