Published: 1:56 pm, Tue. Jan. 29th, 2019Updated: 1:56 pm
New Mexico’s governor and a key committee of the Democratic-controlled Legislature want to use a large portion of the state’s budget surplus to improve highway infrastructure.
The Albuquerque Journal reports the annual infrastructure bill would ultimately include $300 million to $400 million from the surplus to repair roads and make improvements in areas that are overwhelmed.
That includes reconstructing a heavily trafficked oil field route in Eddy County and building a new Interstate 25 interchange near Los Lunas. A third traffic lane on Interstate 25 between Bernalillo and Santa Fe could also be an option.
It would ultimately be up to the state Department of Transportation to decide which projects receive funding.
The department says projects would be selected in large part based on their potential to create economic growth.