Welcome District One Transportation Commissioner Chandelle Sisneros
“I am honored to serve as a commissioner on the State Transportation Commission. My commitment to education and community development directly reflects my dedication to enhancing the quality of life in New Mexico. I hope to continue this commitment through improved transportation infrastructure and services.” —Commissioner Sisneros
Commissioner Sisneros brings a unique perspective to the NMDOT as the newly appointed District One Commissioner. She has deep roots in the NMDOT as well as the community of Las Cruces. Her father, grandfather, and great grandfather all worked for the Department of Transportation. Early in her educational career she pursued a degree in Engineering, however later transitioned to elementary education and is now a 3rd grade elementary teacher. Commissioner Sisneros holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from New Mexico State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Higher Education Administration at her alma mater.
Happy retirement, Trent Doolittle
2023 Training for Equipment Excellence competition
The NMDOT shows off the best of best of its equipment operators at the 2023 Training for Equipment Excellence (TEE) Competition. Anise Valdez, one of the TEE coordinators explains what the TEE is and why the competition is so important to our operators. Congratulations to District Five for taking home the Championship.
2023 TEE state-wide results
- District Five
- District One
- District Three
- Joshua Archuleta, District Five
- Machlovio Medoza, District Five
- Jose Gonzales, District Two
- Cimarron Zamora, District Five
- Michael Chavez, District Three
- Manuel Lesperance, District Five
- Kenneth Trujillo, District Five
- Gilbert Martinez, District Five
- Richard Pacheco, District Four
- Sanchez Pioche, District Five
- Jeremy Sullivan, District Two
- Nathan Vigil, District Four
- Gabriel Begay, District Six
- Leandro Varos, District Five
- Larry Saiz, District Four
- Marty Skeet, District Six
- Dustin Hammond, District One
- Donavon Devou, District Two
- Dennis Valdez, District Five
- Eddie Arenibas, District One
- Fernando Ortega, District Four
- Joseph Mondragon
- Eddie Arenibas
- Dominic Pacheco
- Kleer Lewis, District One
District Four ribbon cutting for N.M. 434
“Without these partnerships, and working together, projects like N.M. 434 could not be accomplished. The State Transportation Commission appreciates the hard work and dedication that all NMDOT employees display every day. Without your passion and dedication, the department would not be as successful in completing projects like N.M. 434.” —State Transportation Commission Chairman Walter Adams
District Four cut the ribbon for the completed N.M. 434 project near Coyote Creek State Park. The project, located in Mora County, is a stunning achievement that produced an improved roadway for travelers between Mora and Angel Fire. This project, which is the second phase of N.M. 434, improved drainage by installing gabion retaining baskets and rock lined ditches along the roadway shoulders, extended roadway shoulders to allow for larger loads to easily make turns, geo-grid base reinforcement for better subgrade and subbase performance, a new roadway asphalt surface, two new bridges, and new metal guardrail barrier.
Relief for the traveling public on N.M. 109 in Jarales is coming
District Three Project Manager NetoRey Terrazas takes us on a tour of the worksite as work continues on bridge construction over the BNSF railroad tracks. NetoRey explains how refueling trains, block N.M. 109 stranding the traveling public on either side for long periods. Completion of this project is scheduled for Fall 2024/ Winter 2025.
Lighting up D2 and D4 with holiday cheer
“It’s an Old- Fashioned Christmas.”
District Two joined in the celebration for the holidays in this year’s Roswell Electric Light Parade on December 2. Lead by District Two Engineer, Francisco Sanchez, staff handed out bags of candy and NMDOT swag. We lit up and decorated our transport to this year’s theme “It’s an Old- Fashioned Christmas.” Also included was our Little Rudolph Side by Side (SXS).
District Four staff participated in the 2023 Las Vegas Light Parade on December 2. District staff represented the NMDOT with a Rudolph Tow Truck and the NMDOT Express Locomotive.
Stuffed animal drive
“I have seen firsthand the benefit of a police officer handing a scared child a stuffed animal, I would like to be a part of putting a smile on a child’s face at the scariest of times. Together we can make change.” —Teresa Valdez of NMDOT Ports & Entry Division
The New Mexico Department of Transportation Ports of Entry Division teamed up with the New Mexico State Police and New Mexico Taxation & Revenue to collect stuffed animals to benefit the children of New Mexico. This program was started to collect bears for police departments when responding to domestic violence calls that involve children, it’s a way to comfort the child in a negative situation.
Drilling down on I-25 La Bajada
Photography by Jake Schoellkopf
The project is ahead of schedule and is projected to be finished in the late spring of 2024
As any commuter between Albuquerque and Santa Fe is aware, the I-25 La Bajada roadway reconstruction is still going on between mile posts 264 and 267.5. The last column of 400 total for the northbound reconstruction portion of the project was drilled recently. The columns are filled with a concrete slurry mix that, when hardened, will help to stabilize the roadway. Several layers of geo grid and base course will be laid across the columns and then a hot mix asphalt will put down and, voila, a roadway.
Employee and crews of the year
The NMDOT would like to congratulate Luis Ramirez as being selected District Two’s Employee of the Year. Luis is a highly motivated employee willing to do whatever is asked of him. He is presently supervising a roadway beautification project that collects up to 1000 pounds of trash a day along New Mexico’s southeastern roadways.
District Two Supervisor of The Year goes to our very own Javier “Harvey” Acosta from the Clovis Patrol! He leads by example and will never task anybody with something he won’t do himself. Congratulations Harvey!
District Two is the NMDOT’s statewide Patrol of The Year. Proud of his team, Patrol Supervisor Mark Madrid explains the importance and impact the patrol has in his community and the great State of New Mexico.
“The grinding pays off!” NMDOT congratulates Project Manager, NetoRey Terrazas as District Three Supervisor of the Year for 2022. NetoRey credits his hard work and dedication as part of the reason for his selection. He points to the N.M. 528 project in Rio Rancho that was completed as the type of work he and his crew and contractors can be proud of.
District Four congratulates Lawrence Lujan for being selected Supervisor of the Year 2022. Lawrence has been with NMDOT for over 20 years and supervises the Tucumcari Project office.
District Five Employee of The Year, Earl “Turbo” Trujillo, is the only Northern field mechanic in District Five. With his 17 years of experience in the field, he has earned the nickname “TURBO” for his quick thinking and quick turnaround time so the maintenance crews can get their rigs back on the road.
District Six 2022 Employee of The Year goes to, the rest stop assistant supervisor Anthony Waymack. He talks about the importance and pride he takes in keeping New Mexico beautiful.
District Six Crew of The Year goes to the Traffic Engineering crew. Supervisor Jayson Grover speaks highly about his crew and describes them as the backbone of the D6 Traffic Safety Department.
The NMDOT would like to congratulate Joaquin Lopez as being selected the General Office Employee of the Year. Lopez began his career with NMDOT as a mechanic and over the years has risen to Service Center Supervisor. He is known for his professionalism, customer service and open-door policy. Congratulations Lopez!
District Six 2022 “Best Project” goes to the project office for the expedient and expert experience for the rehabilitation of highway 180 after the road was washed away.