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New Mexico's Largest Public Infrastructure Investments
in Relation to Estimated CMRR Costs

(Costs are best available; dates mostly at completion; CMRR assumed to cost $4.2B)

Project
Year
Cost Then ($M)
Cost in 2010 ($M)1
Percent CMRR
Elephant Butte Dam, NM
1916
5.2
222
5%
Golden Gate Bridge, CA
1937
35
850
20%
San Juan Chama Diversion
1964
>35
>272
>6%
Cochiti Dam, NM
1975
94.4
344
8%
LANL TA-55 PF-4
1978
75
213
5%
I-40 + I-25 highways, NM (treated here as one project)
1956-1995
~7.4 M/mile, 2006 dollars
Ballpark 6,666
159%
Big I Interchange, Albuquerque
2001
290
386
9%
San Juan Chama drinking water project, Albuquerque
2008
280
283
7%
Railrunner Heavy Rail Extension to Santa Fe (incl. track lease)
2008
~400
~404
10%
LANL DARHT (very approximate)
~2008
~400
~404
~10%
SNL MESA Complex
2008
516.5
522
12%
[1] Costs inflated to 2008 using the "Building Cost Index," from Engineering News-Record, Which began in 1923.  Elephant Butte Dam costs were inflated from 1916 to 1923 using the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  CPI used from 2008 to 2010.  References are omitted here; inquire for details.

NM investments

 


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