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An approximately three-month project (beginning July 24) will put a fresh road surface on North Union Avenue between Second and Eighth streets. The project will also improve sidewalks, curbs and gutters, curb ramps and driveways, and sidewalk access for the disabled in accordance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
The project contractor, Constructors Inc. (headquartered in Carlsbad and having an office in Roswell), will first address the concrete work such as sidewalks and curbs and gutters. Crews will start their work on the east side of Union at Third Street. They plan to work their way north to Eighth Street and then switch to the west side of Union and work south.
The initial work on the east side of Union will require the closure of the outside traffic lane (next to the curb) on the northbound side of Union. Traffic will still be able to flow northbound, but will be limited to one lane instead of the usual two. Drivers are asked to reduce speed and be extra cautious around workers who will be in the area. Other lane closures will be put in place later when work shifts to other portions of the project.
Following completion of the concrete work, crews will move forward with milling (removing) the current 40-year-old street pavement and putting down new pavement and applying road markings.
The project 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, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.
Representatives of the city’s Engineering Department have visited businesses and residents of the project area to provide information about the project and discuss any questions or concerns residents and business operators may have.