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Highway Operations Program

There are six District Offices responsible for constructing and maintaining 12,272 centerline lines of highway infrastructure statewide. The Districts are responsible for oversight of a contracted construction program using 34 construction crews and 28 construction offices. There are 82 maintenance patrol units that perform various routine maintenance activities. The Operations Support Division resides within the Santa Fe General Office and provides support services in Business Management, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Construction, Maintenance, Fleet and Materials.

Rick Padilla, Executive Director of Highway Operations
Jolene Casados, Office Manager Office: 505-827-5258
Mershawn Griegos, Adminstrator 505-216-8831

1120 Cerrillos Road, Room 111, Santa Fe, NM 87504


Operations Support Division Director

The Operations Engineer oversees the six (6) General Office support bureaus. These Bureaus consist of Business Operations/Training Academy, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Construction Civil Rights Bureau, State Maintenance Bureau, Fleet Management and State Materials Bureau. The Operations Engineer and support bureaus assist Districts with the achieving the Department’s vision and mission.

Rick Padilla, Executive Director of Highway Operations
Cell: 505-490-1168

1120 Cerrillos Road, Room 111, Santa Fe, NM 87504

Training Academy

The Training Academy develops employees in the areas of safety, preventive maintenance and operation of heavy equipment. The Academy provides opportunities to develop employee knowledge, skills and abilities to meet the Department’s goals and objectives.

The Training Academy consists of an instructional center complete with conference room, a fully-equipped shop, 135 acres of training grounds, over 100 pieces of equipment and an experienced staff of instructors dedicated to meeting training needs of the Department.

Training Academy courses are scheduled on a quarterly basis and are based on Department needs. Applications are received through training contact representatives in each District and the General Office.

Rick Padilla, Executive Director of Highway Operations Cell: 505-490-1168
1120 Cerrillos Road, Room 111, Santa Fe, NM 87504

Burnie Nicholson Jr., Training Academy Director Office: 575-840-8977
132 W. Earl Cummings Loop, Bldg 735, Roswell, New Mexico 88203


State Maintenance Bureau

The State Maintenance Bureau is dedicated to the preservation and life extension of all of New Mexico’s transportation assets. The Bureau, in conjunction with our District and General Office partners, is actively working towards the efficient use of resources, to better the experience of the general public as they use the New Mexico Transportation System.

The State Maintenance Bureau consists of two sections, Maintenance Operations and Traffic Operations.  The Maintenance Operation Section provides support and oversight for all maintenance operations programs including but not limited to Contract Maintenance, Vegetation Management, Emergency Operation Reporting, Winter Maintenance, US 550 Warranty Management, Statewide Price Agreements, Product Evaluation, and Inmate Labor Agreements.

The Traffic Operations Section is designed to provide support for traffic related programs including the Signal Lab (Signals & School Flashers), Sign Shop, Specific Services Signing (LOGO & TODS Program), Outdoor Advertising and junkyards.

Rick Padilla, Executive Director of Highway Operations Cell: 505-490-1168

Michael Vigil P.E., Maintenance Operations Manager Cell: 505-231-0868

Andrew Gallegos P.E., Traffic Operations Manager Cell: 505-629-5565

1120 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87504


Fleet Management

The mission of Fleet Management is: to provide the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with efficient and effective fleet services by providing safe, reliable and economical equipment; and to provide related support services that are responsive to the needs of our customers while conserving vehicle value and optimizing our equipment investment.

Fleet Management allows organizations to capture and analyze all costs associated with owning and operating a fleet of vehicles, including equipment tracking, work order processing, preventive maintenance scheduling, part and fuel inventory and vehicle component warranty costs. Fleet Management allows users to improve the productivity of fleet while lowering costs and extending the useful lift of vehicles.

The NMDOT manages nearly 6,500 equipment units. The fleet consists of both light-duty automotive and heavy-duty maintenance equipment with an approximate asset value of $250 million. NMDOT is also responsible for the disposition of assets in regards to fleet equipment.

Disposal of public property is governed by the Procurement Code, Sections 13-1-28 through 13-1-99, NMSA 1978; Sections 13-6-1 through 13-6-4, NMSA 1978; Sections 15-4-2 and 15-4-3, NMSA 1978; and GSD Rule 93-601. Within the NMDOT, disposal of public property, including automotive and major road equipment, is governed by Administrative Directive 302 and Section II A.6 of the Procurement Procedures Guide.

The NMDOT disposes of surplus automotive and major road equipment annually. Sale of such equipment to public entities and at public auction is the primary method of disposal. Surplus equipment is hereby defined as equipment no longer needed by the Department due to replacement with a new unit or simply because it has exceeded its useful life.

Equipment lists may be posted one week prior to each sale at the discretion of the NMDOT.

John Kraul, Fleet Management Bureau Chief
Office: 505-827-5661 Cell: 505-490-1660

1250 Alta Vista, SB-2, Santa Fe, NM 87504


State Materials Bureau

The State Materials Bureau consists of four functionary groups:  the Materials Testing Laboratory, the Geotechnical Section, the Pavement Exploration Section and the Technician Training and Certification Program (TTCP).  The Materials Testing Laboratory provides all technical support regarding the design, use, application, evaluation and research associated with all construction materials.  The Geotechnical Section provides testing and design of the geologic soils and bedrock formations to insure stability of the roadway facility.  The Pavement Exploration Section provides testing and sampling of pavement structures including coring, soil sampling, deflection testing and friction testing. The TTCP provides all testing and certification services and the associated documentation to insure that all materials and projects are properly measured and evaluated in accordance with National Standards. 

Armando Armendariz, State Materials Director w. 505-490-2740
Kelly Montoya, P.E., State Asphalt Engineer
c. 505-795-5001
vacant, Asphalt Unit Supervisor
Sean Brady, P.E. State Concrete Engineer w. 505-257-8673
Michelle Mann, P.E., State Geotechnical Engineer Office: 505-490-1507
Vacant, P.E., Pavement Field Exploration Engineer
Joel Archuleta, TTCP Administrator, Office: 505-344-2072 ext. 18
Jane Knutson, Administrator
Office: 505-412-8412 


Proprietary Earth Retaining Systems

Proprietary Earth Retaining (PER) Systems, Evaluation, and Approval Process

To apply for NMDOT reevaluation and approval, all currently approved PER Systems must submit an application for re-evaluation and approval according to steps outlined in the Proprietary Earth Retaining (PER) Systems, Evaluation and Approval Process document. All PER Systems must obtain approved status based on criteria outlined in the Proprietary Earth Retaining (PER) Systems, Evaluation, and Approval Process document and NMDOT Special Provision Section 506: Proprietary Earth Retaining Structures, dated June 1, 2017.  

Design and construction of MSE Structures shall be performed in accordance with NMDOT Specification Section 506: Mechanically Stabilized Earth Retaining Structures.  Approval of current MSE structures will expire upon approval of any new PER system of a similar category.