Carlsbad and Eddy County agree on funding for West Loop Relief Route

A detour sign greets travelers on United States Highway 285 in Artesia on Dec. 1, 2020. Construction on the West Loop Relief Route around Carlsbad is anticipated to start in August.

Eddy County and the City of Carlsbad reached an agreement for construction of a West Loop Road Relief Route to connect U.S. Highways 285 and 62/180 in southwestern Eddy County, read a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) crafted by Eddy County officials.

The MOU stated the West Loop Road will “become an essential roadway for the general public, accessing south Carlsbad and Eddy County.”

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Eddy County Board of Commissioners approved the MOU June 1 and the Carlsbad City Council granted its approval Tuesday night.

In a memorandum from City of Carlsbad Deputy City Administrator K.C. Cass to the City Council, the estimated cost of the overall project was $8 million and the City’s share was estimated at $3 million.

Cass said the the Loop Road would be nearly six miles, with almost two miles of the project within the City Limits.

A screen capture from the June 9, 2021 Carlsbad City Council meeting shows the West Loop Relief Route connecting United States Highways 285 and 62/180.

In the memo, he said the road would start at the intersection of  Highway 524 and Jones Street, west of Carlsbad and ends at the intersection of U.S. 62/180 and Corrales Road.

Cass said the West Loop Road would solve traffic problems along Lea Street.

“Completion of this project will significantly reduce congestion in a highly populated residential area of Carlsbad. This area includes multiple schools, a sports complex for children and residential homes,” he wrote to the City Council.