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Wed September 26, 2012
Report: Funding for New Mexico's infrastructure inadequate
Engineers have concluded that repair and construction funding for New Mexico's infrastructure is inadequate and that some critical infrastructure such as flood control is deteriorating fast.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the American Society of Civil Engineers concluded the state's infrastructure is average.
A report by the group says deficiencies are largely the result of age and a lack of investment in improving and maintaining them.
The engineers recommended the state consider tolls, user fees and other methods to fund improvements.
The report says New Mexico's airports receive only about 66 percent of the funding they need and are experiencing a steady decline.
The group also says more than 70 percent of the state's dams are considered deficient or not in satisfactory condition.