New Mexico Owner Operator Jobs
There are plenty of ups and downs for the owner operator in New Mexico. From long flat stretches on I-40 to the steep grades on I-25 that reduce safe speed to 15 miles per hour, driving in New Mexico can be a bit of a challenge.
The driver can expect a lot of weather and terrain variation when traversing the state. The summer heat takes its toll on tires. In the winter an occasional intense blizzard can occur with little warning, stranding drivers along the roadways. There are numerous bridges with load restrictions all over the state, including some on the 1000 miles of interstates.
Because New Mexico has so many load prohibitions on bridges, the state has developed a handy checklist to help speed up the permit process. To get a permit the driver needs an up to date weight distance account, their DOT number, proof of liability insurance, completed permit application, copies of any required city permits, current vehicle registration, a current E-file, good standing with the Public Regulatory Commission and a route survey. If the truck is leased, a lease contact copy must also be presented. The oversize load will probably need one or more escort vehicles.
A single trip permit is $25 unless the load is liquid. Then the fee is raised to $35. Multiple trip permits are $250 and multiple liquid permits are $120. Using a credit card to pay fees costs an extra $5 for every transaction.
There are numerous construction projects across the state. Many of the construction zones have oversize or overweight restrictions in place. All three interstates, I-10, I-25 and I-40, have projects with restrictions. US 54 and 64 have road work restrictions, as do many state highways. A table of restrictions is available online, with information also available at the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
Navigating around the cities is not as challenging in New Mexico as in many other states, since only 19 percent of major urban roads are considered congested. However Albuquerque traffic does back up, especially during the morning and afternoon commutes.