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08/27/19 - NMDOT Brings Message to Eddy and Lea County Drivers to Discourage Distracted Driving NMDOT says, “Phone Down, Slow Down, Arrive Alive”
Hobbs, NM – In an effort to reduce crashes and save lives on New Mexico roadways, the New Mexico Department of Transportation continues “Drive Safely – Lives Depend On It” campaign. The campaign urge drivers to drive safely and share the road with the large volume of truck traffic that comes from the oil fields in the region. Read more...

08/12/19 - Hobbs Rapid Hire Event to Fill Vacant Positions in Hobbs, Jal, and Tatum
HOBBS – The New Mexico Department of Transportation District Two will fill Highway Maintenance Worker positions in Hobbs, Jal, and Tatum, Thursday, August 15th. Read more...

08/08/19 - State Transportation Commission Meeting in Ruidoso Opportunity for Public Comment
RUIDOSO – The New Mexico Department of Transportation holds six public Commission Meetings each year. The forth meeting for 2019 will be held in Ruidoso on Thursday, August 15th at 8:30 a.m. at the Village Council Chambers. It is located at 313 Cree Meadows Drive. Read more...

08/01/19 - US 54 & US 70 guardrail installation starts this summer
Otero/Lincoln County – The New Mexico Department of Transportation will install and upgrade guardrail on US 54 from mile marker 56 to 63 (Otero County) and US 70 from mile marker 288 to 300 (Lincoln County). Read more...

08/01/19 - ADA Pedestrian Improvements Scheduled to Begin In the Village of Tularosa
Tularosa – In order to improve pedestrian safety and mobility in the Village of Tularosa, the New Mexico Department of Transportation will begin construction on an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) pedestrian improvement project late August on U.S. 70 from Apple Ave. to Sierra Blanca and on U.S. 54/70 from Higuera Ave. to Bosque Street. Read more...

07/24/19 - School Zone Traffic Safety Reminders
SANTA FE – As back-to-school season approaches, the New Mexico Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers and pedestrians to take be safe in and around school zones. Read more...

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...

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