New Mexico

Top Three Infrastructure Concerns:

  1. Drinking Water
  2. Roads
  3. Schools

Key Infrastructure Facts

  • 19% of New Mexico’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
  • There are 181 high hazard dams in New Mexico. A high hazard dam is defined as a dam whose failure would cause a loss of life and significant property damage.
  • 167 of New Mexico’s 398 dams are in need of rehabilitation to meet applicable state dam safety standards.
  • 93% of high hazard dams in New Mexico have no emergency action plan (EAP). An EAP is a predetermined plan of action to be taken including roles, responsibilities and procedures for surveillance, notification and evacuation to reduce the potential for loss of life and property damage in an area affected by a failure or mis-operation of a dam.
  • New Mexico’s drinking water infrastructure needs an investment of $922 million over the next 20 years.
  • New Mexico ranked 10th in the quantity of hazardous waste produced and 44th in the total number of hazardous waste producers.
  • New Mexico reported an unmet need of $15.1 million for its state public outdoor recreation facilities and parkland acquisition.
  • 22% of New Mexico’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • 19% of New Mexico’s major urban roads are congested.
  • Vehicle travel on New Mexico’s highways increased 66% from 1990 to 2007.
  • New Mexico has $160 million in wastewater infrastructure needs.


*Survey of the state’s ASCE members conducted in September 2008

Deficient Bridge Report, Federal Highway Administration, 2008.
National Inventory of Dams, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2008.
Drinking Water Needs Survey and Assessment, Environmental Protection Agency, 2003.
National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report, Environmental Protection Agency, 2007.
2007 Annual Report, Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance Program, National Park Service.
TRIP Fact Sheet, March 2009.
Clean Water Needs Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, 2004.

Other resources:
New Mexico Report Card