A new national report on New Mexico roadways says “inadequate state and local funding” has led to poor conditions on more than a third of them.

It cites $5.1 billion in unfunded needs, based on state and federal data.

“I believe our roads continue to crumble around us,” said state Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, who participated in a virtual news conference Tuesday on the report released by TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.

General Assignment Reporter

Robert Nott has covered education and youth issues for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He is assigned to The New Mexican's city desk where he covers a general assignment beat.