County road crews and equipment have been placed in the field for round-the-clock maintenance of county roads adversely affected by recent seasonal heavy rains.
Many Doña Ana County residents have called the county offices seeking assistance with road maintenance. While county crews have begun prioritizing projects and implementing appropriate action, it is critical for residents to understand that only designated county roads are eligible for maintenance.
Doña Ana County maintains 1,380 miles of roads in the areas outside the cities of Las Cruces and Sunland Park and the villages of Hatch and Old Mesilla. To put this in perspective, a person could drive from Las Cruces to Montgomery, Ala., on the number of miles the county maintains annually. Of the 1,380 miles of county?maintained roads, 325 miles are paved.
Thousands of additional miles of roads in the county are non-county maintained, meaning they are not up to the standards the county requires to add them to the official inventory of maintained roads. These are usually private roads, and maintenance of them is the responsibility of the residents who live along them. The county can only provide service along these roads if they become impassable to emergency vehicles. Most non-county roads are marked with red road signs.
For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.