People have been wondering about the hot pink flags that have sprung up like mushrooms along N.M. 502.
The flags represent the first steps in the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s redesign of the roadway between the Crossroads Bible Church and Central Avenue. Crews are marking key features such as points to survey, utility lines and irrigation heads that will have to be moved when the road is widened. That information is being incorporated into designs for the new layout.
Public Works Director Philo Shelton, the county’s contact for the project, reports one significant change from the preliminary plan NMDOT approved in April 2013. The 4th Street intersection will be incorporated into the roundabout at the Central Avenue and N.M. 502 intersection, providing better access for businesses and neighborhoods.