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Study: Several NM roadways in bad shape, getting worse

Kasia Gregorczyk
February 08, 2017 06:40 AM

A national transportation research group just released a lengthy report analyzing the condition of New Mexico's roadways, highway safety, congestion and cost breakdowns for it all.

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In short, the study found the state’s roads and bridges are deteriorating and they are expected to get worse.  

So how much are these transportation troubles costing the public? According to the study, motorists in Albuquerque are shoveling out nearly $2,000 a year. In Santa Fe, the cost is about $1,000. In Las Cruces, it's about $1,200.

How much the state has to pay for the improvements themselves is a different story. The New Mexico Department of Transportation estimates about $1.5 billion in necessary projects. However, only $200 million in funding is available. That leaves the state's transportation department with a $1.3 billion shortfall.

The study points out just how much work there is to do to. It says 25 percent of New Mexico roads statewide are in poor condition.

When you break it down by urban areas: more than a third of Albuquerque's roads are in poor condition, about a quarter of the roads in Las Cruces, and 20 percent of Santa Fe roads need work.

Where is the money going to come from? Right now there are a few pieces of legislation in the works proposing a tax on gas. However, they are not likely to pass. Gov. Susana Martinez opposes raising any taxes including gasoline taxes.

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