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On July 23, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) held its first public meeting on an N.M. 4 corridor study currently underway.
Huitt-Zollars is conducting the study, which is currently in phase 1. Huitt-Zolars Project Manager Scott Eddings stressed that phase 1 is an information gathering stage.
“We’re trying to identify deficiencies that exist out there today and put pencils to paper and come up with estimates of what those may cost,” Eddings said.
No funding has been identified for the project as yet, but this phase is one of the preliminary steps for obtaining federal and state moneys.
Eddings also noted that with the number of different agency lands NM 4 passes through (including national park, national forest, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos and Sandoval counties), there could be opportunities for pooling resources for specific projects.
Major reconfigurations−such as redesigning the hairpin curves−are not under consideration.
“We’re looking at minor geometric improvements on deficiencies,” Eddings said. “We’re not thinking this is a reconstruction job. I think there are edge treatments that we can do that are cost sensitive and will fit the need.”
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