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The project to resurface North Union Avenue between Second and Eighth streets enters a new phase Sept. 11 as crews begin milling (removing three inches of existing pavement) and placing new pavement on the side streets followed by carrying out the same work on the six blocks of Union involved in the project. Traffic will be impacted by the street construction and motorists are asked to avoid that portion of Union unless they have to come to or go from a location within the project area.
The project contractor, Constructors Inc., was expected to complete work Sept. 8 on the concrete sidewalks and the corner ramps as required by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Crews will then begin milling the side streets off Union and then place new asphalt pavement on them. The side-street work is expected to take two to three days. That will be followed by the milling and repaving of northbound and southbound lanes of Union, which is expected to be completed by Sept. 22.
Access will be maintained to businesses and residences in the project area, although there will be delays at times, as well as times of no access as large equipment moves about. Motorists whose destinations are not within the project area are asked to find alternate routes. Those who must drive into the project area should expect delays and should also drive slowly to protect workers and avoid vehicle damage from “drop-offs” that will exist in the streets during the removal of the 40-year-old pavement.
The project, which will conclude later with the placement of road markings, has an estimated cost of approximately $642,000, with $315,383 covered by a Municipal Arterial Project grant the city obtained from the New Mexico Department of Transportation. The city will pay the remainder of the cost of the project.