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DOT-funded projects would add to city’s streets budget

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The city’s spending on road projects this fiscal year could increase to about $10 million if the Roswell City Council approves agreements for several projects selected for funding by the state.

In August, the New Mexico Department of Transportation selected three of four projects submitted by the city during a call for projects in April.

“We thought we might get one, but we got lucky. We got three,” City Engineer Louis Najar said at Monday afternoon’s meeting of the city council’s Infrastructure Committee.

The committee voted 3-0 to recommend that the full city council support a resolution agreeing to the terms with NMDOT. Councilor Daniel Lopez was absent from the meeting. The proposal will be considered by the full council at its Oct. 14 meeting.

The projects selected are:

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• West McGaffey Street from Wyoming to Union avenues. That will include milling the existing pavement and replacing it with new asphalt, as well as creating sidewalks with ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act for a total of $1.3 million. The city will provide $70,000 in matching funds.

• Chip sealing and striping of Main Street from McGaffey Street to College Boulevard, matching the project recently completed from College Boulevard to Country Club Road. The cost is $1.2 million, with a $60,000 match from the city.

• Widening East Hobson Road from East Earl Cummings Loop to U.S. Highway 285, tying into improvements of the intersection of East Hobson and U.S. 285 by Chaves County. That project would cost $1.6 million, with a city match of $80,000.

The fourth project submitted that was not selected was for pavement reconstruction on North Atkinson Avenue from Cherry Street to College Boulevard. It was estimated at $1.8 million.

The city will contribute $210,000 to the more than $4 million cost of the three projects, or about 5%. The city had budgeted only $90,000 for its share, anticipating only one project would be awarded. If the full council approves the resolution, a budget amendment also will have to be brought to the council for approval.

The three projects are “shovel ready” and could be put out for bid in about a month, Najar said.

The city has outlined about $7.7 million in spending on roads this fiscal year, and the NMDOT projects would increase that to more than $10 million.

The city’s street budget could increase more when the full council considers another set of road projects, the micro-surfacing of city streets. The proposal to spend $500,000 on neighborhood streets — $100,000 in each ward — was also recommended by the committee 3-0.

However, Committee Chairman Jacob Roebuck asked Najar to include in his presentation to the full council the possibility of increasing the amount spent in each ward by $50,000.

“I feel like there is a lot of desire in the council to make sure we’re putting money into roads,” he said.

The committee also voted 3-0 to recommend approval of a purchase order for $403,566 with IPR Ltd., Albuquerque, for micro-surfacing over hot recycling for portions of West Eighth Street as well as North Washington, North Richardson, South Lea, South Garden and South Virginia avenues. The projects are included in the fiscal 2022 budget.

The committee also voted 3-0 to recommend approval of a purchase order for $67,143 with San Bar Construction, Albuquerque, for citywide striping of streets.

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

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