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Sun May 26, 2019, 04:29 AM

New Mexico commits millions to rural roads, vows to work with oil and gas industry on repairs

Partnering with private industry could be the path to repairing the crumbling roads in rural southeast New Mexico, burdened by the oil and gas industry – the same industry that generated about $2 billion in surplus funds for the State of New Mexico last year.

Michael Sandoval, cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Department of Transportation said NMDOT’s 2nd District, comprised of Eddy, Lea, Chaves and parts of Otero and Lincoln counties in the southeast corner of the state is a top priority.

He said the State recently committed a $200 million investment to road improvements in the region.

That could offset the costs of a proposed $90 million project to upgrade and repair the 22 miles of U.S. Highway 285 from the Texas State Line to Loving, or another $90 million project to upgrade New Mexico State Road 31.

Read more: https://www.alamogordonews.com/story/news/local/2019/05/24/new-mexico-commits-millions-rural-roads-during-oil-and-gas-boom/1212499001/

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