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Highway Operations Program

There are six District Offices responsible for constructing and maintaining 12,272 centerline lines of highway infrastructure statewide. The Districts are responsible for oversight of a contracted construction program using 34 construction crews and 28 construction offices. There are 82 maintenance patrol units that perform various routine maintenance activities. The Operations Support Division resides within the Santa Fe General Office and provides support services in Business Management, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Construction, Maintenance, Fleet and Materials.


Anthony Lujan, Deputy Secretary Highway Operations Office: 505-827-5124 anthony.lujan1@state.nm.us
Jennifer Martinez, Office Manager Office: 505-827-5258 jennifer.martinez@state.nm.us

1120 Cerrillos Road, Room 111, Santa Fe, NM 87504


Operations Support Division Director

The Operations Engineer oversees the six (6) General Office support bureaus. These Bureaus consist of Business Operations/Training Academy, Intelligent Transportation Systems, State Construction Bureau, State Maintenance Bureau, Fleet Management and State Materials Bureau. The Operations Engineer and support bureaus assist Districts with the achieving the Department’s vision and mission.

Ernest D. Archuleta, P.E. Operations Engineer Office: 505-827-5525 ernest.archuleta@state.nm.us

1120 Cerrillos Road, Room 111, Santa Fe, NM 87504


Business Operations/Training Academy

Business Operations provides daily support to ensure that the Districts and support Bureaus have the resources necessary to provide core public services. This involves providing fiduciary oversight in budget, procurement and accounting services.

The Training Academy develops employees in the areas of safety, preventive maintenance and operation of heavy equipment. The Academy provides opportunities to develop employee knowledge, skills and abilities to meet the Department’s goals and objectives.

The Training Academy consists of an instructional center complete with conference room, a fully-equipped shop, 135 acres of training grounds, over 100 pieces of equipment and an experienced staff of instructors dedicated to meeting training needs of the Department.

Training Academy courses are scheduled on a quarterly basis and are based on Department needs. Applications are received through training contact representatives in each District and the General Office.

Anissa A. Martinez, Finance Director Office: 505-827-5497 anissa.martinez@state.nm.us
1120 Cerrillos Road, Room 111, Santa Fe, NM 87504

Curtis Thomas, Training Academy Director Office: 575-637-7840 curtis.thomas@state.nm.us
132 W. Earl Cummings Loop, Bldg 735, Roswell, New Mexico 88203


State Maintenance Bureau

Designs and constructs traffic signs for use on our highways. Maintains all signals and school flashers that the state owns throughout New Mexico as well as testing all of the controllers that are placed on state highways. Signing program that the travel public uses to find services just off of our access controlled highways. Controls billboards and junkyards throughout the state for a better visual experience. Maintains the Highway Maintenance Management System (HMMS) database, litter control and herbicide programs. Maintains all of the Department’s on-call contracts. Maintains a list of products that are acceptable for use in highway construction and maintenance activities. Gathers data via contracts and by field crews for all of the roads throughout the state to determine the overall condition of roads. Maintains the Pavement Preservation Plan for all state highways. Oversee the 20-year warranty of the maintenance of US 550. Oversee the distribution of state funding (Local Government Road Fund – LGRF) to schools, cities and counties for constructing and maintaining their facilities to include: Municipal Arterial Program (MAP), County Arterial Program (CAP), School Bus Routes (SBR) and CoOp Projects.

Rick Padilla P.E., State Maintenance Manager, Office: 505-827-0192 rick.padilla@state.nm.us                                                  

Michael Vigil P.E., Maintenance Operations Manager, Office: 505-827-5393 mike.vigil@state.nm.us

Andrew Gallegos P.E., Traffic Operations Manager, Office: 505-827-5578 andrew.gallegos@state.nm.us

1120 Cerrillos Rd - Rm 115, Santa Fe, NM 87504                                                                                      


Fleet Management

The mission of Fleet Management is: to provide the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with efficient and effective fleet services by providing safe, reliable and economical equipment; and to provide related support services that are responsive to the needs of our customers while conserving vehicle value and optimizing our equipment investment.

Fleet Management allows organizations to capture and analyze all costs associated with owning and operating a fleet of vehicles, including equipment tracking, work order processing, preventive maintenance scheduling, part and fuel inventory and vehicle component warranty costs. Fleet Management allows users to improve the productivity of fleet while lowering costs and extending the useful lift of vehicles.

The NMDOT manages nearly 6,500 equipment units. The fleet consists of both light-duty automotive and heavy-duty maintenance equipment with an approximate asset value of $250 million. NMDOT is also responsible for the disposition of assets in regards to fleet equipment.

Disposal of public property is governed by the Procurement Code, Sections 13-1-28 through 13-1-99, NMSA 1978; Sections 13-6-1 through 13-6-4, NMSA 1978; Sections 15-4-2 and 15-4-3, NMSA 1978; and GSD Rule 93-601. Within the NMDOT, disposal of public property, including automotive and major road equipment, is governed by Administrative Directive 302 and Section II A.6 of the Procurement Procedures Guide.

The NMDOT disposes of surplus automotive and major road equipment annually. Sale of such equipment to public entities and at public auction is the primary method of disposal. Surplus equipment is hereby defined as equipment no longer needed by the Department due to replacement with a new unit or simply because it has exceeded its useful life.

Equipment lists may be posted one week prior to each sale at the discretion of the NMDOT.

Christopher Sena, Fleet Management Bureau Chief Office: 505-827-5587 Cell: 505-629-5565 Christopher.Sena@state.nm.us

1250 Alta Vista, SB-2, Santa Fe, NM 87504


State Materials Bureau

The State Materials Bureau consists of four functionary groups:  the Materials Testing Laboratory, the Geotechnical Section, the Pavement Exploration Section and the Technician Training and Certification Program (TTCP).  The Materials Testing Laboratory provides all technical support regarding the design, use, application, evaluation and research associated with all construction materials.  The Geotechnical Section provides testing and design of the geologic soils and bedrock formations to insure stability of the roadway facility.  The Pavement Exploration Section provides testing and sampling of pavement structures including coring, soil sampling, deflection testing and friction testing. The TTCP provides all testing and certification services and the associated documentation to insure that all materials and projects are properly measured and evaluated in accordance with National Standards. 

James Gallegos, P.E. State Materials Manager - Acting w. 505-660-3541 james.gallegos@state.nm.us
Robert Meyers P.E., State Geotechnical Engineer Office: 505-827-5466 robert.meyers@state.nm.us
Bryce Simons P.E., Materials Engineer Office: 505-827-5191 bryce.simons@state.nm.us
Brian Legan, TTCP Administrator, Office: 505-344-2072 ext. 18 Brian.Legan@state.nm.us
Jane Knutson, Administrator Office: 505-827-5603 jane.knutson@state.nm.us