Road work on tap for 2014

CNJ staff

Street improvements and the effluent reuse project are city projects on the horizon for 2014.

Here is a general summary of what’s coming up for the year ahead:

• Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard project: The project, which stretches from 21st Street to Llano Estacado, is expected to be completed this spring, according to City Manager Joe Thomas. The $4 million project includes widening the road, curbs and gutters, a turning lane and a bicycle path.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Martin Luther King Boulevard is closed to traffic Thursday due to road improvements.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Martin Luther King Boulevard was closed to traffic Thursday due to road improvements.

• Effluent pipeline project: The first phase of the project, which consists mostly of upgrades to the wastewater treatment plants and building the pipeline to the city landfill is nearly complete. When complete it will consist of treating wastewater to a level that is non-potable but adequate for uses such as watering lawns and dust control and pumping it to city and school properties, is in progress.

The cost of the first phase is $4.8 million.

Thomas said the city is applying for funding for phase 2, which would extend the pipeline to Hillcrest Park. The pipeline will be extended to Bob Spencer Park when complete.

• Zoo entrance: The entrance to the Hillcrest Park Zoo is being moved from its location along Sycamore Street to the former driving range of the Clovis Municipal Golf Course.

The zoo expansion is nearly complete, according to Parks and Rec Director Bill Bizzell.

• Upgrades to Wilhite Road: Project consists of expansion work similar to MLK near the new W.D. Gattis Middle School to accommodate growth in the area and design work of upgrades on Wilhite between Prince and Norris streets.

• Other recreation jobs: Addressing losing the tree canopy at Colonial Park Golf Course. Bizzell said new trees will need to be planted to replacing dying elms.

• State projects: A pair of state Highway Department projects that will impact Clovis are in the works.

Public Works Director Clint Bunch said the design work for road improvements on U.S. 60/70/84 from Norris to Prince streets is about 30 percent complete.

The estimated $6 to $7 million project includes sidewalks, curbs and gutters.

NMDOT will also start reconstruction of N.M. 209 from Llano Estacado to just south of Ned Houk Park, Bunch said.