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State plans Chaves County road projects

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A couple of road projects are due to start in Chaves County this week and next.

The first project, expected to begin Monday and be completed by this winter, weather permitting, will resurface about 11 miles of U.S. 285 in Chaves County.

The project involving southbound lanes begins north of Roswell at mile marker 120 and continues to mile marker 131 in Chaves County, according to the New Mexico State Department of Transportation.

This project runs through the city of Roswell, and U.S. Highway 285 becomes Main Street within the city limits.

Single-lane closures and a reduced speed limit of 50 miles per hour will be in effect at various times for this project. Oversized loads will be restricted to 11-feet in the work zone and should seek alternate routes.

Next week, crews working for District Two of the state transportation department will begin to chip seal various pavement sections along U.S. 380 from mile markers 156 east of Roswell to mile marker 229 east of Tatum.

Work is expected to take approximately a month to complete, weather permitting.

Drivers will encounter flaggers where work is being performed, as well as brief, intermittent lane closures.

The work zone will be limited to five-mile sections, but the closures may move during the day. A reduced speed limit of 45 miles per hour is in effect for this project.

In the case of both projects, message boards will be in place to warn of upcoming work. Motorists are reminded that state law requires them to obey all traffic signs and watch for flaggers in the work zones.

A website, nmroads.com, has updated information on state road projects.