RUIDOSO – On August 15th, the New Mexico Transportation Commission approved $50 million worth of local and tribal transportation projects throughout the State of New Mexico. The funding was appropriated by the New Mexico Legislature and signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. During the 2019 Legislative Session, Representatives Patricio Ruiloba (D-12, Bernalillo) and Patricia Lundstrom (D-9, McKinley & San Juan) introduced and passed House Bill 694, which created the Local Government Transportation Project Fund that allows the State to invest in a wide range of local transportation project types, at all stages of readiness, and only requires a minimum local match.
A special call for projects was announced in April, and the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs), and New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) reviewed applications for various entities throughout the State. Ultimately, NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Michael Sandoval provide a final list of recommendations to the Commission for approval. The NMDOT received 166 applications statewide and selected 57 for award totaling $42.4 million. Remaining funds were invested into US Highway 82 and hardship waivers. Tribal entities were awarded just shy of $7M. Special thanks to our District 6 Commissioner Charles Lundstrom from Grants, New Mexico.
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