SANTA FE – New Mexico drivers voiced their concerns about US-180 between Deming and Hurley. The asphalt is deteriorating due to weather and wear and tear. Debris is then kicked up, causing damage to drivers’ windshields.

NMDOT listened to their needs and last week, provided $1.3 million for improvements. The two lane highway frequently traveled by drivers living in southwest New Mexico is about to get a makeover with a micro-surfacing project. Workers are already on the roadway collecting debris and sweeping the area. The re-surfacing will begin in early February and should take about three weeks to complete.

Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales said, “The response is part of our Governor’s administration and NMDOT’s commitment to improve our state’s infrastructure and address New Mexican’s concerns. The entire state deserves to drive on safe, efficient roadways.  I personally drive US-180 serval times a week. I know what the drivers are experiencing. I’m so pleased NMDOT heard the concerns of the people in the area and responded so quickly.”

“I am grateful to the NMDOT for working with me in their immediate response to providing the necessary funds to address the issues on US-180. I understand a study is being implemented to determine the need for a possible four lane highway project. I want to personally thank Governor Lujan Grisham, Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales, DOT Secretary Mike Sandoval and District One Engineer Trent Doolittle for their timely response to this issue, “said Representative Rudy Martinez.

The NMDOT thanks you for your patience.  Please use caution in this area, obey the posted speed limit and drive safely.