New Mexico Department of Transportation

Help and Frequently Asked Questions

Types of Maps:
  1. Traveler Information Map - New Mexico DOTís Traveler Information Map gives you information on road closures, weather conditions, accidents, alerts, warnings, and more. This is your first source of information when planning a trip across New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment.
  2. Text Only Area Advisories - Text only traveler information is for people wanting to read/print the traveler advisories quickly. This page loads quickly since there is no map associated with the information.
  3. Traveler Information RSS Feed - The RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed allows you to subscribe to the Traveler Information electronic feed. This means you can check the subscribed feed regularly on your browser for new content.
What browsers work best with the Traveler Information Map?
The map works best with Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7. If you are a MacIntosh user, make sure you have the latest version of Safari or Firefox installed on your computer. If you're still having trouble, please contact us. The purpose of this electronic map is to provide general information to the public about current conditions on selected state routes. It is not a complete list of all incidents and road conditions on all routes and should not be your only source for information.

I'm a dial-up user. Can I still use the map?
Yes. The first time you visit, it will load slowly so be patient. Once the map segments have loaded to your computer, your next visit should go quicker. Also, some dial up users using Internet Explorer may not have their browser properly configured. Follow these instructions to make sure your browser is set up correctly.

Internet Explorer users connecting over dial-up should make sure that their browser is set to use HTTP 1.1 protocol, which allows the browser to read compressed web page content. Because of the size of the Traveler Information Map, it is compressed before it is sent over the web, then decompressed by your browser. To set Internet Explorer to use HTTP 1.1 follow these steps:
  1. Under the Tools menu, select Internet Options
  2. Go to the Advanced tab.
  3. Scroll down to the HTTP 1.1 settings section, and make sure the box next to Use HTTP 1.1 is checked.
Note: On rare occasions some versions of Norton Internet Security and McAfee Antivirus have difficulty with javascript in Internet Explorer. Make sure your Internet protection software is up-to-date. You can even temporarily disable it to view the map.

How do I zoom-in or change views?
There is a button in the upper right corner of the screen that will zoom in/out one level.

What incidents are displayed on the map?
All closures for any reason are displayed automatically when you open the map. Incidents refer to highway accidents or events that affect traffic or close a road entirely. This map only displays incidents on major routes like interstates and state-maintained highways and is not an all-inclusive list of incidents on New Mexico roads.

How can I tell what portion of road is covered with snow or ice?
Closures are displayed automatically when you open the map. Other weather-related road conditions for major routes are displayed by colored lines that become more detailed as you zoom in. The lines are placed on generalized route locations at the statewide level for quicker load times. Mouse over the closure icons to get more detailed information.

Why arenít more roads shown on the weather-related road conditions layer?
Although all closures are displayed, only major highways and routes are shown on the weather-related road conditions layer because of the way the condition is reported from the field. Live plow crews assess road conditions from the field and report them to district office personal as frequently as possible. Changes in conditions for less-traveled routes are not possible because crews are not available for assessment on a frequent basis. Remember: weather-related road conditions can change in a second! Use the map as only one information resource. Keep up with local weather forecasts and New Mexico Highway Patrol reports.

What do the different conditions mean?

Closed Icon Closed - Conditions sometimes warrant closure of the road until work or weather improve the driving surface. Every storm is different. Road conditions depend on many factors - temperature, traffic, precipitation and more. NMDOT works hard to keep roads open and in normal condition. Our goal is to return all roads to normal in less than a day. If you can, avoid driving until our crews have had time to clear the roads.

Driving Conditions (Severe, Difficult, Fair):

Severe Driving Icon Severe - The surface is mostly covered with frozen material. Bridges and minor roads will likely be in worse condition. Driving in these conditions can be dangerous. Please avoid driving if at all possible.

Difficult Driving Icon Difficult - The surface is wet, but not yet freezing as of the last report or has begun to clear since last report. Wet roads can be slick and may freeze suddenly. Often, salt and traffic will keep main roads wet when bridges or smaller roads are covered. Please use caution.

Fair Driving Icon Fair Ė The surface is generally dry and clearly. Watch for ice patches when temperatures are low. Frost can also cover dry pavement without warning. Drive carefully.

Seasonal Closure Icon Seasonal Closure - Conditions sometimes warrant closure of the road for the entire weather season.

Accident Icon Accident - a specific, identifiable, unexpected, unusual and unintended external motor vehicle event which occurs in a particular time and place, without apparent cause but with marked effect.

Alert Icon Alert - Possible truck restrictions, permit status requirement, construction detour, etc. Be advised and use caution.

Construction Closure Icon Construction Closure - Road closed due to road construction.

Lane Icon Lane Closure - Lane closed due to various reasons & for various time limits.

Roadwork Icon Roadwork - Roadwork of all types.

Special Event Icon Special Events - Used for events such as Balloon Fiesta (new feature).

Weather Advisory Icon Weather Advisories - Used for any type of weather event that affects driving conditions.

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