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‘Clean New Mexico’ Beautification Plan In Full Swing


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announced Wednesday that the state’s ‘Clean New Mexico’ program has beautified more than 283 miles of New Mexico roads since its launch in April.

Funded with $10 million secured by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in the 2022 legislative session, the “Clean New Mexico” program has contracted with several local companies, along with the assistance of the New Mexico Department of Corrections, to remove litter and beautify New Mexico roads across the state.

Since its launch April 18, the program has collected more than 8,200 trash bags worth of litter, removed 67 carcasses and collected 11 items of hazardous material.

The initial phase of the program launched litter clean-up efforts along in two areas along I-25. from La Bajada to Los Lunas and from the Texas border to north of Las Cruces.

The second phase is now underground and includes road beautification efforts along I-10 and US 70 in Las Cruces, along NM 2 and US 285 in Roswell, and along NM 117, 122, 547, and 615 in Grants. Plans are in place to next expand “Clean New Mexico” to roadsides in Jal, Carlsbad, Artesia, Mayhill, Tularosa, Corona, and expanded stretches of I-25 in the areas near Santa Fe and Las Vegas.

Visit www.tossnomassnm.com for more information. Anyone hauling a trash, debris, or miscellaneous load is advised to tie it, tarp it and pick it up. Dropping trash or litter on the road is a $300 fine in New Mexico.

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