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Program Management

The Program Management Division is a multi-disciplinary group of managers, engineers, technicians, and financial professionals with responsibility for managing, supporting and delivery of the DOT’s annual transportation program.

The DOT’s overall program management and project delivery are accomplished through the following inter-dependent but distinct functional areas of the Division: Statewide Transportation Improvement Progam (STIP), Project Production and Scheduling Unit, Plans Specifications & Estimating Bureau, Professional Services Contracts Unit, and Value Engineering Program.

The Environmental Bureau which includes the Natural Resources Section, Cultural Resources Section, Roadwide Environment Design, Context Sensitive Solutions and the Environmental Geology Bureau, are also managed by the Program Management Division. The Bureaus oversee the environmental clearances of all NMDOT projects.

The Division is committed to program management and delivery rated, “Best Value,” while carefully considering the intent and flexibility offered by policy and regulation.


Rhonda Lopez P.E., Program Management Director Cell: 505-231-4094, RhondaC.Lopez@state.nm.us

Project Production & Scheduling Unit

The Project Production & Scheduling Bureau is charged with the overall management of the transportation improvement program which includes projects scheduled for contract letting. Management's responsibility is to maintain and support the DOT’s multi-project scheduling system (Program Project Management System – PPMS). The scheduling component of PPMS is driven by Primavera scheduling software. The products of PPMS are varying types of scheduling and production reports that allow the DOT to assess the status of the program and make key decisions regarding program delivery. These reports also serve the construction community which allows them to plan their resources and opportunities for bidding.

1120 Cerrillos Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505

Environmental Bureau

The Environmental Bureau guides and directs the Department in environmental stewardship, cultural resource management, and public involvement in order to assist in the environmentally responsible development, construction, and maintenance of a quality transportation system. The Bureau obtains environmental and cultural resource approvals for transportation projects through NEPA investigations, consultations, analysis, and documentation.  Roadside Environment Design provides specifications and consulting on revegetation, erosion control, aesthetics, and vegetation management for new and on-going projects for all state highway rights-of-way (ROW). Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) functions within the Environmental Bureau and provides methods and assistance in incorporating community and environmental values into the transportation facilities being designed statewide.

R. Blake Roxlau, Environmental Bureau Manager Office: (505) 490-2575 Fax: 505-827-3243 | blake.roxlau@state.nm.us

1120 Cerillos Rd., Room 205 Santa Fe, NM 87504-1149


In an effort to minimize the risk of regulatory enforcement against the NMDOT, cost overruns, and in support of worker safety, the Environmental Geology Bureau (EGB) maintains three programs: 

The Hazardous Material Investigation Program - the EGB identifies and assesses hazardous material-related conditions for their impact on NMDOT construction projects.  The EGB also provides investigation guidance to municipalities and tribal governments for their own transportation projects.

The Underground Storage Tank Remediation Program - the EGB manages the monitoring and remediation of fuel releases on properties owned by the Department.

Technical Assistance Program – the EGS offers regulatory and investigation assistance to NMDOT offices on non-project related concerns.

For assistance, please contact:

Audrey Moore, Environmental Geology Bureau Manager Office: 505-490-1850 | audrey.moore@state.nm.us

Larry Kemp, UST Remediation Program Manager Office: 505-670-4644 | larry.kemp@state.nm.us

Monica Stefanoff, Geoscientist, Office: 505-819-7330 | monica.stefanoff@state.nm.us

Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

The Program Management Division is responsible with developing a four-year STIP that is cooperatively and/or consultatively planned, comprehensive in scope through the innovative use of Federal and State resources, fiscally constrained and attempt to address the multimodal transportation needs of New Mexico’s transportation customers.

The State’s four-year transportation preservation and capital improvement program identifies multi-modal transportation projects that use Federal, State Bond, State priority, State Capital Outlay and local government transportation funds. It includes projects of regional significance (projects with high public interest or air quality impacts) and projects in the National Parks, National Forests and Indian Reservations.

Rebecca Maes, STIP Manager  Office: 505-476-3785 | rebecca.maes@state.nm.us

NMDOT - Process Environmental Linkage (PEL) Project Development Workflow Charts

NMDOT Project Development Process (1) PDF
NMDOT PEL Design WorkflowProject Production & Scheduling Bureau (2) PDF
NMDOT PEL Design WorkflowProject Production & Scheduling Bureau (3) PDF

Activities Description Manual

For use with Process Environmental Linkage (PEL) Workflow and Primavera P6 Version 7 July 2010 PDF (1.83 MB)

FHWA Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL)

Engineering & Design Consultants Procedure for Determining Overhead Rate

State Departments of Transportation are required to provide reasonable assurance that Architectural and Engineering Consulting Firms are in compliance with the Federal Cost Principles on Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) funds. This procedure will establish the process in which the NMDOT will determine that compliance.


  1. Independent Auditor’s Report on Statement of Direct Labor, Fringe Benefits, and General Overhead PDF AND Independent Auditor’s Report on Internal Controls and Compliance PDF
  2. The AASHTO Internal Control Questionnaire for Consulting Engineers (ICQ) PDF
  3. Documentation sufficient to establish the reasonableness and allowability of executive compensation (see sample National Compensation Matrix) XLS
  4. The Consultant Cost Certification document PDF

Questions related to any aspect of the Engineering & Design Consultants Procedure for Determining Overhead Rate can be emailed by typing in the following address into your email browser;