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Snow Removal
For snow and ice removal, city equipment consists of 3 large salt/sand spreaders; 3 smaller spreaders with attached plows; 2 graders (used to push snow off roads); and 8 plows/spreaders that attach to city vehicles. Five crews (4 city staff members per crew) are deployed in pickup trucks as well and work to clear intersections manually.


picture of city vehicle with plow

                                                             (Picture of city vehicle with attachable plow)


N.M. 528/Pat D’Arco Highway; N.M. 347/Paseo del Volcan; and N.M. 448/Corrales Road are state roads maintained by the New Mexico Department of Transportation – the city of Rio Rancho does not maintain or perform snow and ice removal from these roads. In addition, U.S. 550 (NW Loop to N.M. 528) is maintained by the New Mexico Department of Transportation.  

The current state priority level (rated 1 to 4 with 1 being the highest priority for resources) for snow and and ice removal for N.M. 528 is 2, U.S. 550 is 2, N.M. 347/Paseo del Volcan is 3, and N.M. 448/Corrales Road is 3.

The city roadways that carry the most traffic such as arterial and collector roadways receive priority from city of Rio Rancho equipment and crews. In addition, areas with hills and roads around schools are given priority.

Below are the roadways that receive priority from city equipment and crews, which are divided into three coverage areas:

Coverage Area A
Iris
Civic Center Circle
Unser (Northern to U.S. 550)
King
Cherry
Northern
Rainbow /4th off Southern
Saratoga
Grande Vista
Sandia Vista
19th /17th/Pine
10th to Northern Meadows
Abrazo
Chessman
Rockaway/Sundt

Coverage Area B
Southern
Unser (Northern to Westside)
Country Club
Sara
Meadowlark
Golf Course
Cabezon
Western Hills into Cabezon
Lisbon
Tarpon
Tulip
Nicklaus
Westside/American Way
Trailside
Veranda
27th Street
Chianti
Wellspring

Coverage Area C
Idalia
Northern
Enchanted Hills
Chayote/Santa Fe Hills
Kim
40th
Loma Colorado
Broadmoor
High Resort
Ridge Crest
Leon Grande
Sabana Grande
Riverview
Quantum
Riverside
Willow Creek
Springer and Midway
Sprint/Montreal Loop
Lincoln/Jaeger
Nativatas