N.M. 467 overpass near completion

The N.M. 467 overpass is set to open in June, according to project manager Patrick Garcia. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks)

By CNJ staff

The N.M. 467 railroad overpass is in the final phases of construction and will be open in June, according to the project superintendent Mike Barnes.

The $3.6 million project, which began in June, involves the installation of a three-span bridge, sidewalks, curb, gutters and pavement markings.

Barnes said the majority of work has been completed. “We are in the end stages (of construction),” Barnes said. “We have started the paving, which will be done in May.”
Barnes said only “little things” — including striping, installing signs and painting the bridge — remain for the construction contractor K. Barnett & Sons to complete.

Although rain and snow caused delays, Barnes said weather had been factored into the construction timeline. “We’ve had some delays,” Barnes said, “but we’ll easily be done by June 1.”

The railroad overpass will serve approximately 1,200 southwest Curry County residents who reside in the Wheat Ridge, Double A, South Valley and Buchanan subdivisions.

The county voted to construct the overpass following its decision to close the Wheaton Street railroad crossing to make room for expansion of the BNSF Railway rail yard.

The bulk of the 467 overpass construction will be paid by $2 million in federal and $1 million in state taxpayer funds. Curry County has allocated $500,000 for sidewalks and guardrails. BNSF will contribute 10 percent of the cost as part of the agreement for the county closing the Wheaton Road crossing.