City receives grant for sewer line along Martin Luther King Boulevard

Kevin Wilson

The city has received $500,000 in Community Block Development Grant money toward construction of a new sewer line along Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The project, which will require a $176,000 match in city dollars, will replace the sewer line between Mendenhall and 21 st streets. The sewer lines there are 6- to 8-inch lines, Legislative and Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said, and the new line will be 18 inches.

One purpose of CDBG dollars is to aid with improvements in low- to moderate-income areas. Without CDBG money, sewer line improvements would have been a much larger challenge, said Burroughes, who presented the request to the Community Development Council in Albuquerque two months ago.

“I am delighted,” Commissioner Fidel Madrid said in a release from the city. “This infrastructure expansion has been needed on the west side of town for many years.”

City Engineer Justin Howalt said the city hopes to start work by late summer or early fall, depending on when it can draw money. Burroughes said it’s tough to tell when that date will be, because CDBG decisions have been announced in April during previous years.

Burroughes said the sewer line, similar to one along Humphrey Road, will help development around District 3. The area included in the sewer line improvement is 70 percent residential and 30 percent business, Burroughes said.

She added the ultimate goal would be to extend the line to Llano Estacado Boulevard.