Eddy County approves additional funding for West Loop Road project

A loop road connecting two major US highways in Carlsbad and Eddy County has received almost $ 4 million in additional funding approved by the Eddy County Board of Commissioners.

On December 7, commissioners approved a transfer of $ 2.85 million from the Eddy County Roads and Construction Fund to the Road Fund for works on the West Loop Road west of Carlsbad.

Eddy County Public Works Director Jason Burns said work on the estimated $ 10 million to $ 12 million project connecting US Highway 285 to US Highway 62/180 began on September 1.

Following:Progress in the construction of a loop road

“This funding is intended to allow Public Works to proceed with the construction of the West Loop project,” he wrote in a memo from the commissioners.

Eddy County and the City of Carlsbad agreed to a building partnership in June.

Carlsbad’s deputy city administrator KC Cass said the city’s share in the project was around $ 3 million and the loop road was nearly six miles, with nearly two miles within the city limits of Carlsbad.

A screenshot from the Carlsbad City Council meeting on June 9, 2021 shows the West Loop Relief Route connecting US highways 285 and 62/180.

Burns has requested a budget reallocation of $ 1 million originally approved for the current fiscal year for a realignment project along Carrasco Road.

“The Carrasco Project will not be encumbered this fiscal year, and Public Works would like to continue progress on the West Loop Project,” Burns wrote in a separate note to the Commissioners.

“We intend to budget the Carrasco Realignment Intersection Project to coincide with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Intersection 31 / (US) Project (NMDOT) ) 31 / (US) 285, which is tentatively scheduled for late 2022, ”the memo said.

Following:Southeast Loop and US Highway 285 construction projects continue

Cass said the road will start at the intersection of Freeway 524 and Jones Street, west of Carlsbad, and end at the intersection of US 62/180 and Corrales Road.

Burns said the road is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

Road works hailed by the coalition of energy companies

The West Loop Road was not the only road construction project undertaken by Eddy County.

Crews continued work on a southeast loop road near Carlsbad, and the NMDOT undertook a major construction project on US 285 near Loving to the Texas State Line.

The Permian Strategic Partnership (PSP) has worked with the NMDOT and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to address road safety issues associated with construction in both states, said Debra Richmond, director of road safety initiatives for PSP. .

Construction detour signs are popular in Eddy County.

“We frequently participate in stakeholder discussions and focus groups to identify and – if possible – anticipate security issues,” she said.

“The PSP and several of our member companies are also stepping up our communication with law enforcement to provide more information on ‘hot spots’ and specific issues. “

Richmond said regular communications with the PSP, its members and the public sector concerned congested roads in the Permian Basin.

“The PSP wants the traveling public to know that they have the best possible safety advocates within NMDOT, TxDOT, our county leadership and our member companies. Safety is our common priority and is the reason for the expedited delivery of energy road projects in the Permian Basin, ”she said.

Following:Eddy County and State of New Mexico await federal infrastructure money

“While navigating construction is never easy, we hope the public realizes that temporary headaches will result in safer and more reliable roads for those who live, work and travel in the Permian Basin. “

Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by emailing [email protected] or @ArgusMichae on Twitter.

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