While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 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 $769 per year, and 6.3% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in New Mexico are an estimated $1.36 billion, and wastewater needs total $320 million. 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
51 public-use airports
251 (6.27%) of the 3,999 bridges are structurally deficient
219 high hazard dams
Dams with EAPS
51% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan
$1.36 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
16 sites on the National Priorities List
512 miles of levees
$239.4 million of unmet needs for its parks system
1,879 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 35th nationally
$768 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair
77,205 miles of Public Roads, with 30% in poor condition
$407 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures
14,799,888 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains
$320 million in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
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.
With State and local government losing revenues from transit ridership and motor fuel taxes, now is the time for Congress to provide immediate and necessary relief to ensure that all sectors of our infrastructure remain safe and reliable.