FARMINGTON — East Piñon Hills Boulevard will be restricted to one lane between La Plata Highway and the Farmington Sports Complex beginning Monday to allow for sewer line construction.

The sewer line will be the first installed on that stretch of the boulevard and is expected to serve the growing population on Farmington's west side.

Construction hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 8 through April 26.

"Growth on the west side is something that is anticipated," said Mayor Tommy Roberts in a phone interview on Friday. "From my perspective, that should be encouraged."

Farmington's growth for the past few decades has occurred almost exclusively in its northeast corner, he said. This has put a significant strain on infrastructure, especially roads.

"I think we need to encourage development on the west side," Roberts said.

It appears that some development is already underway.

The project was spurred by the anticipated need for a sewer system to serve the new Tibbetts Middle School site, currently under construction, Roberts said.

The $1 million project includes both a sewer line and a pump station, said Jeff Smaka, public works director.

Although Piñon Hills Boulevard is a major bypass that allows traffic to travel rapidly across Farmington while avoiding Main Street, Smaka said that the construction should not cause major delays.

"The volume use between Butler (Avenue) and Main (Street) on the east side is much higher," he said.

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