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Roosevelt road work rising in priority


August 12, 2017

PORTALES — Road rehabilitation is climbing the priority list in Roosevelt County.

The item is ranked fourth on the county’s draft of an Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan, County Manager Amber Hamilton said at a public hearing Friday at the Roosevelt County Courthouse.

The draft will be submitted to the state Department of Finance and Administration to show major projects for the next five years and vie for funding.

“At this point, we are in excess of 50 miles of county roads that have been damaged or destroyed, and we felt that it was vital to work this in as a priority to our plan as we begin to seek additional funding opportunities to seek with the repairs,” Hamilton said.

The renovations are projected to cost $1.9 million over the next three years. That’s in addition to the county’s top infrastructure priority: to improve various county roads.

Roads will remain a priority for years to come, according to Special Projects Coordinator Carol Acosta-Flores, because of “the cost that it takes to maintain the 1,230-plus miles” of road in the county.

Other items on the priority list include renovations to the Roosevelt County Courthouse. That’s ranked second because of security and functionality concerns, Hamilton said.

“That would look at all five of our main entrances and look at replacing the doors. We also have some weather resistance issues at our doors. We’ve had a substantial amount of rain, wind,” she said.

Priorities three and five concern the Roosevelt County Detention Center: Security improvements and HVAC upgrades, respectively.

“After meeting with (RCCDC Administrator Justin Porter), we’ve identified some opportunities to just further enhance the overall facility, which includes replacing some of our security cameras,” Hamilton said.

“We are also looking at installing some additional perimeter fencing around the unit and dealing with some of the concerns in terms of traffic increase.”

The ICIP draft will come before the Roosevelt County Commission for approval at its Tuesday meeting.


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