We're hitting the road in rural New Mexico. Photo: Wolfgang Staudt via Flickr

What does rural livability look like? What can small towns in New Mexico do to give their residents a better quality of life? And how can the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) help to implement meaningful solutions?

Those are the types of questions that we will be exploring in a series of workshops with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and FHWA, over the next week as we travel through rural areas and small towns in New Mexico. The FHWA workshops, administered by PPS with support from the Local Government Commission, will bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including Main Street associations, tribal groups, transportation agencies, and other local organizations, and present to them how context-sensitive solutions (CSS) can help communities achieve their environmental, economic, and mobility goals.

CSS advocates a collaborative interdisciplinary approach that seeks to provide safe, sustainable, and efficient transportation facilities that fit their setting while preserving cultural, historic, aesthetic, community and environmental resources.

The workshops will include presentations, group discussions, visioning exercises, and an on-site analysis activity.

Workshops are scheduled for three locations:

  • Nov. 2, 8:45am – 4:30pm MT

Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine St, Deming, N.M.

  • Nov. 3, 8:45am – 4:30pm MT

Belen Public Library, 33 Becker Ave, Belen, N.M.

  • Nov. 7, 8:45am – 4:30pm MT

Taos Convention Center, 120 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos, N.M.

If you’re interested in attending, contact Bill Hutchinson at Williams.Hutchinson@state.nm.us.

More information about the workshops will be posted on ContextSensitiveSolutions.org in the near future.

Photo: Wolfgang Staudt via Flickr.

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