City gets money for road projects

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By The Staff

The city says it’s been approved for a number of road construction projects and a pedestrian walkway.

Officials said the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District recently notified the city that the state has given the green light for three road construction projects and the walkway, which were projects submitted for federal stimulus funding.

According to the state Department of Transportation, the designated projects for Las Vegas met the requirements of the federal stimulus package. The certification signed by the governor on April 24 stated that the projects have met the full review and vetting requirements of the federal government. The road projects were selected because they could be let out for construction within the next six months.

The road projects entail roadway surfacing improvements to Mills Avenue, from Grand Avenue to Hot Springs Boulevard, and Seventh and Eighth streets, from Grand to Mills avenues. The city had requested $2.1 million in funding, but it is anticipated that it will receive about $1.9 million.

Mayor Tony Marquez praised city staff for its efforts in getting these projects approved through the state.

“I am pleased to learn that Governor Bill Richardson has selected our three road projects, and trail project for funding using federal stimulus funds. These projects will result in job creation and at the same time provide needed infrastructure improvements to our community,” Marquez said.

The city also applied jointly with San Miguel County for $3.1 million in federal funding for an enhancement project that would create a bicycle and pedestrian pathway from Mills Avenue to the United World College. The Department of Transportation’s District 4 will only receive $1.1 million, of which $937,015 is anticipated to go to the Las Vegas-San Miguel County project.