In 2015, NMDOT cews removed snow and ice from more than a million pass miles. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced this morning that crews are ready to clear the roads and highways as the state prepares for the winter weather season.
Last year, NMDOT crews removed snow and ice from more than a million pass miles.
“Safety is absolutely our number one priority,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “Our crews and equipment across the state are ready to respond to winter weather. When driving in ice and snow please take every precaution necessary to keep yourself and others on the road safe.”
For months, crews across the state have been preparing their salt and sand spreaders, graders and snow plows. The teams also are constantly monitoring weather reports and ready to respond as soon as they are called.
NMDOT’s Statewide Arsenal:
- 116 graders;
- 258 front end loaders;
- 11 snow blower truck; and
- 556 dump trucks with plows and salt spreaders.
Motorists should check www.nmroads.com or download the NMRoads app for updates on road conditions and closures. NMRoads is updated around the clock and linked to the 511 road condition hotline.
Please remember these safe winter driving tips:
- Wear your seatbelt.
- Slow down and leave extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
- Use brakes carefully and remember that it takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
- Don’t crowd the snow plow. Please be patient and give the driver plenty of room to do the job.
- Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses, and shaded areas since they are likely to freeze first and stay frozen the longest.
“Be smart if you get behind the wheel during winter weather conditions,” Deputy Secretary Anthony Lujan said. “Remember to check NMRoads and stay alert. We want everyone to get to their destination safely.”