Main Street road project nears end

August 23, 2013 • Local News

The city’s Main Street roadway project between College Boulevard and Country Club Road is all but finished.

“As of today, we’ve completed all major aspects of construction,” said project manager Francisco Sanchez Thursday.

Construction crews will re-paint the striping on the stretch of road early next week.

Beginning Monday, workers will re-paint the roadway from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The re-striping should take three days to [auth] complete, Sanchez said.

“Nothing will be going on during the daytime,” Sanchez said. “There will be no lane closures.”

Traffic will be diverted around the work trucks and flashing lights will designate crosswalks, he said.

The $1.1 million city projects to resurface the roadway and rebuild sidewalks was slightly delayed by the contractor, Mountain States Constructors of Albuquerque, but was completed before the deadline.

The project was federally funded. Because of its scale, the project included retrofitting sidewalks to Americans with Disability Act requirements.

“The project went fine,” Sanchez said. “We came in under budget and under schedule. We had until the end of September to complete the job overall. It was a good paving job and we fulfilled our mission getting it as ADA compliant as possible.”

The project did cause some traffic delays this summer, as orange barrels restricted lanes of traffic for several months. But the city did stop during some heavily attended weekend festivals.

“I think the businesses were happy with the new driveways and walkways,” he said. “It should help with traffic for pedestrians.”

Future projects on Main Street aren’t scheduled for at least a year, Sanchez said.

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