During business hours, the regular main number 848-1503 is the most direct access to the maintenance district supervisors. Call this phone number when you want to report a road that requires maintenance. As always, please call 911 when it is an emergency.
There are two separate maintenance districts, North Mountain District and South Mountain District. The dividing line is Old 66 (NM 333), not Interstate-40.
Each district has five operators comprised of two truck drivers and three grader operators. Ten years ago and earlier, two plow trucks and three graders would run the snow operations, however now that approximately 100 miles of East Mountains roads have been paved in that timeframe, a large tandem truck/plow is brought up from the valley in winter for the north district, and a third “normal” dump truck/plow is used in the south district, and both districts use two graders during the winter storms.
Another 4-man county-wide district, knowns as Special Projects, provides transportation of salt and sand mix, plus back up drivers.
Salt and sand is ordered in advance, and there is approximately 1 and ½ severe storm’s worth of material stockpiled, at any given time. If storms hit repeatedly, then large orders of rock salt from Carlsbad are transported in bad weather, as possible, to restock.
Each driver learns a specific route during summer and fall. North Mountain district rotates drivers through different routes, South Mountain district does not, and uses the Supervisor as a back up, plus drivers that have worked mountain routes are reassigned from valley districts as needed, in addition to the Special Projects staff.
Bernalillo County is prepared and ready to respond to the coming winter storms of 2013.