To improve overall safety for the traveling public and safeguard state owned property, the New Mexico Department of Transportation has hired private security guards.
The guards will be used to patrol selected rest areas and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Recent acts of vandalism and destruction of property at the bridge and the rest areas including the theft of toilet paper and soap dispensers prompted the department to take extra security measures.
The two facilities currently under full-time surveillance for an undetermined amount of time are the La Bajada-Centennial Rest Area near Santa Fe and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in Taos. As more security guards are recruited and trained, additional security services will be provided at the Las Cruces Overlook Rest Area, the Lordsburg Visitor Center and along I-10.