BLOOMFIELD — The New Mexico Department of Transportation will host an open house today to inform the public of upcoming construction at the intersection of U.S. 64 and U.S. 550.

Representatives from the transportation department's District 5 office, Sterling Brothers Construction and Wilson and Company will attend to answer questions on the project.

Earlier this year, residents showed up at an all-day open house updating citizens of Bloomfield on the extensive multi-year road construction project to talk about their issues and express their concerns, said Patricia Wolff, NMDOT public information officer. Wolff said she hopes today's informational event is well-attended and encouraged all residents and local businesses to take advantage of the opportunity to find out what is planned.

The project will involve utility, traffic signal, lighting and pavement work. It also will include the addition of new sewer and water lines and storm drains, said Herman Patterson, projects manager for the transportation department's Bloomfield office.

The intersection will be concrete, with new asphalt connecting it to the existing asphalt roadway.

New streetlights west of the intersection were just completed, Patterson said. The intersection project will begin in early April and finish sometime in mid-summer.

The open house will be held at the Bloomfield Multicultural Center, 333 S. First St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Patricia Wolff at 505-476-4245.

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