ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A huge new report reveals something about New Mexico’s roads that most of you already know, they’re in bad shape. In fact New Mexico has some of the worst roads in the country.
The report says if you’re not driving in one of New Mexico’s bigger cities, get ready for a bumpy ride. The national transportation research group called TRIP has found a quarter of all New Mexico’s rural roads need some serious re-paving.
That means our state has the 10th worst roads in the country. That of course also means our roads can be extra dangerous and put extra wear and tear on your car.
The problem behind the road issues is lack of funding. Local, state and federal road funds have stagnated and so has gas tax revenue.
“Unless New Mexico can increase transportation funding at local, state and federal levels, many of these critically needed transportation projects will remain stranded on the drawing board,” said Carolyn Bonfias.
The report also points out that roads in areas with heavy truck travel from the oil and gas industries suffer even more which is something New Mexicans know all about in northwest and southeast corners of the state.
An interesting nugget in the report says Farmington is one of the biggest cities in the country without direct access to an interstate. That means lots of connecting highways getting overworked.
There was a push this year in the legislature to give all New Mexico counties the right to bump up the gas tax to fix up their roads but it failed.