Snow Removal


The City removes snow on a total of 133 miles of roadway.  This process can take a number of hours to complete depending on the severity of the storm.  The City of Rio Rancho does not perform snow and ice removal for residential streets.

  • All major City roads are prioritized into one of two categories: Priority 1, consisting of 76 miles of roadway; and Priority 2 consisting of 57 miles of roadway (a total of 133 miles of roadway).  Please see map below.
  • Roadways that are high traffic volume, such as arterial and collector roadways; roadways with large hills, and roads around schools, hospitals, and fire and police stations receive first priority from the City of Rio Rancho.

New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT):

  • There are several roads that are plowed by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT).  This means that the City of Rio Rancho does not maintain or perform snow and ice removal for these roads:
    • NM 528 also known as Pat D’Arco Highway.
    • NM 347 also known as Paseo del Volcan.
    • NM 448 also known as Corrales Road.
    • US 550 from the Northwest Loop to NM 528.

Snow Removal Resources:

  • 4 large salt/sand spreaders
  • 4 smaller spreaders with attached plows
  • 4 graders which can push snow off roads
  •  5 crews are deployed in City vehicles to clear intersections manually
    • consisting of 4 staff members per crew
    • staff work 12 hour shifts

Map of Snow Removal Routes:

  • View the following map to see the priority areas.
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