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$80M Eddy County road project still in design mode

Design plans for safety improvements on two busy state highways running through Eddy County continued, officials said.

Engineering, environmental, right-of-way and utilities development plans for the New Mexico 128 and New Mexico 31 road project south of Carlsbad were forecasted to last through March 2022, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) website indicated.

Requests for work contractors were slated for August 2022 and phase one work is scheduled to start late next year, read NMDOT’s website.

Terry Ward, project manager with WSP Engineering in Albuquerque, said estimated cost on phase one ranged from $70 to $80 million and was fully funded.

Design plans for major construction work along New Mexico 128 and New Mexico 31 continued. Work on the project south of Carlsbad was set to start late next year.

“Both New Mexico 31 and New Mexico 128 traverse Bureau of Land Management (BLM), State Land Office, and private lands, mainly serving the oil and gas industry,” read the NMDOT’s website dedicated to the project.

NMDOT selected the first phase of improvements to be delivered using the Design-Build procurement methodology, per the website.

“This provides maximum funding flexibility for NMDOT and its partners and allows NMDOT to aggressively move towards starting construction of the improvements sooner,” the website stated.