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City bridge replacement, other announcements

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The city of Roswell has made some announcements concerning construction and other services to the public.

• A major bridge-replacement project will require the closure of a portion of North Garden Avenue beginning Monday.

North Garden will be closed to through traffic from Cherry Street to Petro Drive. The North Garden bridge located south of Petro Drive will be removed and reconstructed. The existing 1960s-era bridge is structurally deficient, and bridge inspections recommended that it be replaced. A new culvert and bridge will be constructed. The new bridge will be wider than the one it is replacing and will include sidewalk and bridge railing for pedestrian use.

The cost of the project is about $1 million. It has been fully funded within the city budget.

The affected section of North Garden is estimated to be closed until around July 1. Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes. As the bridge construction begins, crews will set up detour signage to assist access to impacted businesses. Business operators and residents of the area with questions can call City Engineer Louis Najar at 575-910-6477.

• Roswell Animal Control Services has begun microchipping dogs and cats at its shelter at 705 E. McGaffey St. Microchipping is now required by an amended Roswell City Code. The cost is $10, and owners must provide proof of the pets’ current rabies vaccination. Microchipping also will occur at animal adoption events, and the city has preliminary plans to offer it during the annual vaccination clinic held the first Sunday in March. It is recommended that people call Roswell Animal Control Services first to determine if microchips and a technician are available. Animal Services can be contacted at 575-624-6722.

• Recreation Manager Marcus Gallegos has been appointed as the city liaison to the city of Roswell Commission on Aging. The City Council liaison will be City Councilor Judy Stubbs. A new city policy has been developed to name a staff member to provide support for each City Council committee and city commission.