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McGaffey Street improvements underway

City officials highlighted the latest city street project on West McGaffey Street Tuesday afternoon. The group was joined by neighborhood children Matthew Sedillo (in front), 10, Justino Ortiz, 10, and Mariah Sedillo, 7, as everyone gathered at one of the new sidewalk access ramps. The city representatives, from left, are Director of Special Services Mike Mathews, Councilor Natasha Mackey, Finance Director Monica Garcia, City Manager Joe Neeb, City Engineer Louis Najar, Councilor Steve Henderson, Councilor Jason Perry, Mayor Dennis Kintigh and Councilor Barry Foster. (Submitted Photo)

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Work is underway on a West McGaffey Street project that will resurface about nine blocks of the roadway and improve pedestrian-area intersection access for people with disabilities.

The first phase of the city-funded $597,000 project between Union and Richardson avenues began a few weeks ago. It is making improvements to intersection access in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The phase 1 work ($143,000) is being done by Bullseye Construction of Artesia and is expected to be completed by the end of October. Federal regulations require municipalities to implement ADA improvements to sidewalks and similar areas associated with a street or road where significant repairs or improvements are being done.

The second phase of the project will mill (remove) three inches of pavement from the street and then lay down a new three inches of pavement. The project will be completed with the placement of road striping and other markings. Phase 2 ($454,000) is being done by Carlsbad-based Constructors Inc., which has a Roswell location. The pavement work is expected to take about a month to complete once it gets underway following the completion of the ADA work.

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