Mayor: Governor receptive to Hull overpass situation

CNJ Staff

Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said a delegation of Clovis city officials and business owners secured support from Gov. Bill Richardson to reopen the Hull Street railroad overpass.

The delegation, including the mayor, met with Richardson Friday to discuss the issue with the overpass.

“(Richardson) was very supportive and knew that it needed to get done,” she said.

City officials closed the overpass indefinitely July 31 because of safety reasons. A state engineer said the 46-year-old structure would not be able to support the estimated 4,300 vehicles that use the overpass pass daily.

City officials estimate repairing the structure would cost about $4 million and replacing the bridge would cost between $8 million to $10 million.

Allan Oliver, deputy communications director for the governor’s office, said Richardson has directed the state Department of Transportation to provide funding options for an accelerated design and engineering plan.

City Manager Joe Thomas said he will know how long an evaluation of the overpass will take after meeting today with an engineering firm who will perform the study.