Infrastructure in New Mexico

New Mexico Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a C- in the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card, New Mexico faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in New Mexico costs each driver $767 per year, and 5.5% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in New Mexico are an estimated $1.4 billion. 219 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $407 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes New Mexico’s ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. Success in a 21st-century economy requires serious, sustained leadership on infrastructure investment at all levels of government. Delaying these investments only escalates the cost and risks of an aging infrastructure system, an option that the country, New Mexico, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about New Mexico's Infrastructure

aviation infrastructure

Aviation

$2.3 million in 2022 airport improvement grants across 10 major airports

water infrastructure

Drinking Water

$3.3 billion total drinking water need

transportation infrastructure

Transit

5.4 million passenger trips across 34 systems in 2021

bridge infrastructure

Bridges

4,025 bridges, 5.2% of which were structurally deficient in 2021

hazardous waste infrastructure

Hazardous Waste

21 Superfund sites

wastewater infrastructure

Wastewater

$320 million total wastewater need

dam infrastructure

Dams

222 high hazard dams

levees

Levees

122 miles of levees protect $11.2 billion of property.

road infrastructure

Roads

56% of roads are in poor or fair condition

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Grants

$160M for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System
$44M to the Mescalero Apache Tribe for broadband deployment
$7.6M for the Albuquerque International Sunport
$500K for drainage stabilization & sedimentation control on roads in Cibola Nat'l Forest

Key Solutions

Our nation’s infrastructure problems are solvable if we have leadership and commit to making good ideas a reality. Raising the grades on our infrastructure will require that we seek and adopt a wide range of solutions.
Leadership & Action

Smart investment will only be possible with strong leadership, decisive action, and a clear vision for our nation’s infrastructure.

Investment

If the United States is serious about achieving an infrastructure system fit for the future some specific steps must be taken, beginning with increased, long-term, consistent investment.

Resilience

We must utilize new approaches, materials, and technologies to ensure our infrastructure can withstand or quickly recover from natural or man-made hazards.

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