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Improvements to East Hobson Road continue

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The Chaves County Board of Commissioners took several other actions at its Thursday meeting besides approving an interim budget.

One of the decisions was to award a $311,760 construction contract to J&H Services Inc. of Albuquerque for phase-two improvements to a retention pond for Hobson Road.

The other bid received was from Constructors Inc. of Carlsbad for $397,124.

The bids were reviewed by outside parties, as well as county staff.

A multi-phased, $4.5 million project to improve East Hobson Road has been underway since 2016. The road had been prone to dangerous and road-damaging flooding during heavy rains, and the county has used a combination of state money and its own funds to improve about a 5.6 mile portion of the road from U.S. 285 to Menominee Road.

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Bill Williams, Public Services director, said that Chaves County Flood Control District built the retention pond for drainage as part of the effort to solve flooding.

“Had the Flood Control not worked with us and built that pond in the first place, our price would have been a lot higher,” he said.

The pond work now to be done involves regrading of ditches, connecting culverts from the south side to the north side of the road to get water into the pond, and sloping the bottom of the pond to let excess water drain out on another side of the pond when needed, Williams said.

The road has already been repaired in some sections and a couple of intersections have been raised, Williams said. Future work on the road itself includes repairing, or rechipping, some sections and putting an overlay over previously repaired sections to add another layer of protection from wear and tear.

 

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