Infrastructure in New Mexico

New Mexico Infrastructure Overview

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

Drinking Water

$1.36 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Hazardous Waste

16 sites on the National Priorities List


512 miles of levees

Public Parks

$239.4 million of unmet needs for its parks system


1,879 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 35th nationally

Road Costs

$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

Key Solutions

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.

We can no longer afford to defer investment in our nation’s critical infrastructure systems.

Leadership & Planning

Smart investment will only be possible with leadership, planning, and a clear vision for our nation’s infrastructure.

Preparing for the Future

We have to utilize new approaches, materials, and technologies to ensure our infrastructure is more resilient.

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