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New Garden Avenue bridge opens to traffic

Abraham Jaquez, owner of Abraham’s Construction, third from left, and Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh, center, cut a ribbon to officially open the new bridge Friday morning on North Garden Avenue. Also taking part in the ribbon cutting, from left, were Ward 3 City Councilor Judy Stubbs, City Engineer Louis Najar, City Manager Joe Neeb and Ward 1 City Councilor Juan Oropesa. Abraham’s Construction, Albuquerque, was the primary contractor for the project. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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It took only a few minutes after the traffic barricades were removed for the first cars to cross the new North Garden Avenue bridge Friday morning.

The city of Roswell celebrated the end of the nine-month-long construction project with a ribbon cutting with the mayor, general contractor and other city officials.

Originally bid at $911,000 and expected to end in July, the project was delayed by the pandemic and issues discovered late in construction. In September, repairs to a water line and a manhole extended the project some 300 feet to the south.

With the extensions, the revised project cost is now $1.1 million, according to a projects update from the Roswell Engineering Department.

The city’s next bridge project will be at South Lea Avenue and West Deming Street.

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City Engineer Louis Najar said the project will be advertised for bids on Nov. 8, with the bids to be opened a month later. The City Council will possibly vote to award the bid in January.

That project, like on North Garden Avenue, will remove and replace the existing bridge. Design work has been completed by Souder Miller and Associates, 500 N. Main St., at a cost of just over $103,000.

The project is estimated at a total cost of $1.6 million, with a 2019 legislative grant providing $800,000.

A second bridge on North Garden Avenue, just south of the new bridge, is also slated for replacement. The city has placed that $750,000 project among its top five on the Infrastructure Capital Improvements Plan to present to the state Legislature in its 2021 session for funding.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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