With the wave of snow storms hitting New Mexico, some roads are taking a big hit. I-40 near Albuquerque is now littered with potholes and cracks.
“I lived in the East Mountains for 22 years and moved back to the city of Albuquerque two and a half years ago,” says Laura Cordova.
Cordova says that move became necessary after dealing with the ongoing problems with the road conditions on I-40.
“Quite a bit of potholes. Then when they did do repairs, they seemed like they were temporary in nature,” she says.
Specifically on I-40 East, starting at Tramway and going all the way up to Tijeras.
“You see quite a bit of potholes, and what’s so bad about them, sometimes the depth of them will make people actually veer. People drive a little bit quick through the East Mountains, so it’s somewhat of a danger,” says Cordova.
Cordova says that 10-mile stretch is starting to get worse, especially with the storms we’ve been getting the past few weeks.
“When you hit them, it makes you veer, you feel like you’re out of control,” she says.
Unfortunately, a spokesperson with the Department of Transportation says a long term fix is going to take awhile.
“It is on our project list. We’re looking at funding coming out in 2022. So we’ll probably and get out and do a repave around that time frame,” says Kimberly Gallegos with the Department of Transportation.
In the meantime, the DOT will be doing temporary patchwork to alleviate the problem until it gets the funding to do the full on project.
“We just try to keep aware of those and keep pothole filling as we need to, and preserve the road as long as we can until a major project takes place,” says Gallegos.
For Cordova, it’s hard to stay patient.
“Foolish. It would attribute to more accidents,” she says.
Drivers will still have to wait a few months for the patchwork to be done as well. The DOT will begin that process in the spring.
The cost for the full repave project for 2022 will be $15 million.