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New Mexico poised to receive $3.7 billion under new infrastructure bill

The infrastructure bill that was passed by the House last week would deliver $3.7 billion to New Mexico.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, if signed by President Joe Biden, would provide the state of New Mexico with $3.7 billion, which would go towards improving infrastructure in the state. Of that amount, $2.7 billion would be used to rebuild roads and bridges in the state.

The state also plans to put some money towards climate change efforts. One way this will be possible is by installing electric car charging stations in rural areas. Additionally, water infrastructure would be improved as well. Citizens in several communities, notably Navajo communities, face water crises that could be solved with a water pipeline installation. 

Currently, New Mexico receives $400 million from the federal government to use for transportation purposes. The infrastructure would provide an additional $100 million annually. Michael Sandoval, the Secretary of Transportation is “extremely pleased” with this outcome, should it pass.

“A lot of this money is for roads, bridges and highways, but there’s also other pieces to this that are really important, such as electric vehicle charging stations and money for broadband and money to help with out climate [and] airports,” Sandoval said. “There’s so many other pieces to this that I think make it such a great thing that hasn’t been included before and just a much more comprehensive way to address all of our infrastructure here in our state, so we’re definitely looking forward to receiving that and putting that to good use.”

Several other New Mexico government officials are satisfied with the provisions of the bill. House Representative Melanie Stansbury said in a press release that she is “proud that today, we delivered for families in New Mexico by investing in good-paying jobs and the infrastructure of the future.”

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham tweeted “I’m proud to have been directly involved in advocating for the critical funding measures that this infrastructure bill will deliver to New Mexico,” and thanked the New Mexico House reps for voting in favor of the bill.

Senator Ben Ray Luján said the legislation is “the most significant investment in our nation’s infrastructure in generations,” and Senator Martin Heinrich said, “The historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will mean hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs and ensure that our nation’s infrastructure meets 21st century needs.”

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN

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