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Bernalillo County is diverse in its beauty - and it's also diverse in its weather conditions.

Snowy Road in the East MountainsWhat could be a beautiful day in the South Valley could be a snow-packed day in the East Mountains or other areas.

During business hours, the regular main number (505) 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 four separate maintenance districts, North Valley, South ValleyNorth Mountain and South Mountain Districts. In the mountain districts, the dividing line is Old 66 (NM 333), not Interstate 40. 

Preparing for Winter Storms

Each mountain district has five operators comprised of two truck drivers and three grader operators. in the past, two plow trucks and three graders would run the snow operations; however now that approximately 100 miles of East Mountain roads have been paved, 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. Both mountain districts use two graders during the winter storms.

Another four-man county-wide district, known 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 1/2 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, but does use the supervisor as a back up, along with drivers that have worked mountain routes that are reassigned from valley districts as needed, in addition to the Special Projects staff.

Bernalillo County is prepared and ready to respond to winter storms.

This will include: www.bernco.gov home page notifications on conditions direct from our team who are actually on the roads; as well as this webpage which will provide residents with tips on road closures; winter weather safety; and links to city, county and state road condition websites.

For a downloadable and printable version of our Winter Emergency Road and Winter Operation Procedures, please click here.

This brochure includes contact information, the county's priorities for winter snow removal, information on diversion of traffic during inclement weather, and preparation tips for both on the road and at home.

  • Bernalillo County Roads: For up-to-the minute status on Bernalillo County roads, sign up for Nixle, the county's alert system, by visiting www.nixle.com, or call (505) 843-1503. This is also the number to call to submit an unincorporated Bernalillo County road repair or maintenance request. You can also register for county emergency notifications by visiting www.bernco.gov/finance/homeland-security-emergency-management.aspx
  • City Roads: To access road status reports, or to submit a city road request within the Albuquerque city limits, dial 311.
  • State Roads: For information on roads statewide, including interstates and major roads, the State of New Mexico's Department of Transportation has several ways to access information. The Road Advisory Hotline is available 24/7 by calling 511. You can also visit http://nmroads.com for an interactive map of road conditions and to sign up for email/text alerts, or download the mobile app at http://m.nmroads.com
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