Corrales road goes unplowed for days

New Mexico

People in the Village of Corrales are wondering what took so long for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (DOT) to plow their main road. 

“It’s so icy, so snowy and icy that this was really scary,” said Gina Gay, a resident of the Village of Corrales. 

The last big storm left Corrales Road, also known as Highway 448, covered in snow for nearly three days. 

“The village had been talking to the DOT and trying to get them out, since [Dec. 31],” said Tanya Lattin, Commander of the Corrales Fire Department. 

While most of the main streets in Albuquerque were clear two days after the storm, the Village of Corrales was still covered in powder. 

The snow packed streets were causing problems for people there. 

“I was going really slow in my four-wheel-drive truck, and I couldn’t stop right here at the stop sign, and I just spun in 360 degrees, in my big Ford truck, in four-wheel-drive,” said Gina Gay. 

Friday, Corrales Road was finally clear. Officials say NMDOT finally got out to plow on Thursday afternoon, but villagers don’t think it should’ve taken so long. 

“In fact, yesterday I saw a young girl that just slid right into a post,” said Gina Gay. 

People are also sounding off on Facebook saying, “considering Corrales Road hasn’t been repaved since 2003, it’s obvious the DOT doesn’t prioritize us.” 

KRQE News 13 talked to the DOT yesterday about how they prioritize their routes. 

“Most of our priority roads are interstates and then we go on to our secondary roads like our New Mexico routes and our U.S Highways,” said Kimberly Gallegos with the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

Village officials say at this time they don’t have any snow removing equipment of their own, but they’re looking for a way to fund it for future storms. 

The fire department says there were two crashes reported while the road was covered in ice, but neither crash caused injuries. 

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