Overpass in works for state road
Published: Wednesday, October 15th, 2003
New Mexico Highway and Transportation Department Secretary Rhonda Faught did not agree to put the proposed State Road 467 overpass on a list of state highway projects at a meeting with Curry County and state economic development officials on Wednesday. But she did agree to study its costs, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. Members of the county’s State Road 467 overpass committee, city and county commissioners and Clovis Industrial Development Corporation officers and state economic development officers met with Faught on Wednesday to bring her up to date on efforts to build the overpass, Gentry said. Building the overpass was part of an agreement made between Clovis and Curry County officials and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad when the local entities agreed in May to close Wheaton Street to make room for an expansion of BNSF’s Clovis yard. Gentry called the visit to Santa Fe a “fact finding trip,” intended to make Faught aware of the project and to ask her to put the overpass on her department’s six-year statewide transportation improvement program. “We wanted to make her aware of some cost estimates by people in her own department,” Gentry said. He added that Highway Department engineer Jerry Trujillo has estimated the overpass could cost $3.1 million, plus the cost of an environmental assessment and obtaining rights of way. Faught did not commit to putting the overpass on the STIP, but she did ask department staff to develop a final cost estimate that should be finished in a month, Gentry said. “Hers was a typical response of, ‘We’d like to do it, if we can find the money,’” he said. In the meantime, overpass committee members, through the CIDC, are working with members of New Mexico’s Congressional delegation to identify funding sources for the overpass project, Gentry said.
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