Alert: Transportation secretary announces highway crews prepared as winter storm hits New Mexico

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By Special to the Monitor

SANTA FE – State Transportation Secretary Gary L.J. Girón announced today that highway crews have been out in full force as a series of winter storms hit portions of North, West and Central New Mexico. 

“As more winter weather rolls into the New Mexico this week, the NMDOT will continue to coordinate snow-removal operations with State Police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure timely and accurate information is available to our residents and the traveling public,” Girón said.  

NMDOT maintenance crews in affected areas are currently on 12-hour shifts and will be for the duration of the storm. The maintenance patrol yards are stock piled with snow removal material that consists of mixtures of salt and cinders and equipment to remove snow, including dump trucks with snowplows and loaders. During a snowstorm, maintenance crews continue the process of applying salt and cinders and plowing snow off the roadway until the storm has passed and the snow and ice has melted off the roadway. 

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