Expect several road closures this spring and summer as roads get a facelift

April 9, 2013 • Local News

Beyond the New Mexico Department of Transportation $20 million in road rehabilitation and bridge replacement in Chaves County, the Roswell Engineering Department is sprucing up city streets.

“The goal is refinish each street every eight years,” said City Engineer Louis Najar Jr.

Many may have been caught by the resurfacing on Union Avenue last week. Work was completed on a section of South Richardson Avenue, between Summit and the Yucca Center, and Washington Avenue from Alameda [auth] Street south on Monday.

Areas of South Pennsylvania, South Kentucky, Reed Street and West Tilden Street are also slated for resurfacing this spring. The road work on West Albuquerque and West Deming could block some intersections along Kentucky and Pennsylvania avenues.

People may need to plan ahead to find an alternative route. The slurry being placed on roads is a mixture of sand and asphalt which is spread out about three-eighths of an inch thick. Najar said the slurry used for resurfacing is designed to dry in a single day. Roads closed for work begun at 8 a.m. should be completed and barriers removed by 5 p.m.

“We do the slurry fill program twice a year in spring and fall,” said Najar.

Some of the bigger projects are scheduled for the summer with Main Street closed off between College and Country Club. “We are going to be fixing all the red brick by taking out all the broken red bricks, replacing them and compacting them this summer,” Najar said.

The New Mexico 249 Bridge Replacement east of Hagerman is nearing completion. It should be open to traffic in May. A second bridge replacement in the county on N.M. 13 at mile post 4.6 will begin construction this spring.

Three roadway rehabilitation projects on U.S. 380 from the Atkinson Avenue intersection east to milepost 190 — a total of 35 miles — will begin soon. The first of these three projects, from mile posts 162 to 178, is expected to begin in late April.

A $4.3 million project to rehabilitate the eastbound lanes of U.S. 70 west of Roswell from mile posts 301 to 325 will also begin in late April.

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