Report: New Mexico’s rough roads take toll on drivers

It’s almost impossible to find a smooth ride in New Mexico.

Most of the state’s major roads and highways are in poor or mediocre condition, and those potholes out there mean hundreds of dollars in additional fuel, repairs and other costs for the average driver, according to an annual survey published Wednesday.

This may not be news for New Mexicans bouncing around on the state’s roads. But this year, the data come as lawmakers consider hundreds of millions of additional dollars in the budget for road repairs and debate raising the long-stagnant gas tax to pay for future maintenance.

The report by The Road Information Program, or TRIP, says New Mexicans are already paying for the condition of the state’s highways.