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Planning group ranks local infrastructure projects

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Some local infrastructure projects by municipalities have been ranked by a regional group and now will be considered by state officials for funding.

The Southeast Regional Transportation Planning Organization met Thursday in Roswell to review about 24 funding requests by townships, cities and counties.

Chaves County entities submitting projects were Dexter and Roswell.

Roswell has made three applications for funding, according to Mary Ann Burr, SERTPO planning program manager with the Southeast New Mexico Economic Development District.

A project to upgrade the traffic signal at North Main Street and Country Club Road to ensure safety and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance was ranked second, tying with another project. The total project cost is $600,000. The request for state funding totals $570,000. The city would pay the remaining 5%, or $30,000.

A project to reconstruct the bridge on North Garden Avenue that crosses the Spring River, along with work on sidewalks and for drainage, ranked third, along with another project. That project has been estimated at $1,306,495, with state funding of $1,241,170 requested.

Another project ranked fourth. That involves rehabilitation of a portion of West Second Street with work on curbs and crosswalks to make them ADA compliant. Funding of $1,019,477 from the state has been requested for the $1,073,134 project.

Dexter’s project to improve portions of 14 streets and upgrade portions of two sidewalks ranked seventh, along with four other projects. The town is asking for $505,424 from the state for the $532,025 project.

Burr said that the New Mexico Department of Transportation Commission is expected to make funding decisions by September.