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

10 major airports

bridge infrastructure

Bridges

4,014 bridges, 5.5% of which were structurally deficient in 2019

dam infrastructure

Dams

219 high hazard dams

water infrastructure

Drinking Water

$1.4 billion total drinking water need over 20 years

energy infrastructure

Energy

195 outages between 2008 and 2017

hazardous waste infrastructure

Hazardous Waste

21 Superfund sites

levees

Levees

122 miles of levees protect $11.2 billion of property.

public parks

Public Parks

$121,008,333 in deferred park maintenance

rail infrastructure

Rail

1,879 miles of rail across the state

road infrastructure

Roads

32% of roads are in poor condition. Each motorist pays $767 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair

school infrastructure

Schools

$407 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures.

solid waste infrastructure

Solid Waste

2,177,758 tons of municipal solid waste

stormwater infrastructure

Stormwater

$5.50 average monthly fee

transportation infrastructure

Transit

14.2 million passenger trips in 2018

wastewater infrastructure

Wastewater

$320 million in wastewater needs

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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