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AZTEC — There's something underneath Simonds Road that has the city of Aztec's attention. The question is what.

Aztec City Commissioners on Tuesday approved a little more than $40,000 to repair the damaged road.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation in July awarded the city nearly $130,000 for road work on Simonds Road, under the condition that the city would chip in $43,321 for the project.

Aztec City Commissioners on Tuesday approved funds to repair potholes and cracks on Simonds Road between Aztec Boulevard and Martin Avenue.
Aztec City Commissioners on Tuesday approved funds to repair potholes and cracks on Simonds Road between Aztec Boulevard and Martin Avenue. (Jon Austria The Daily Times)

The $173,000 will be spent to address the rapid occurrence of cracks and potholes along the road between Aztec Boulevard and Martin Avenue.

"Simonds (Road) is failing on one side, the west side," said Kathy Lamb, the city's finance director. "There appears to be some subsurface or water issues that we need to resolve. It's causing one side of the road to fail at an accelerated rate and needs to be addressed."

The troubled thoroughfare was identified as part of the city's street plan for road projects in 2014.

Final engineering and a bid process for the repair work will occur early next year.

"It's in very preliminary stages. We need to do some (geotechnical engineering) work to find out what is happening in the subsurface to know what we're dealing with," Lamb said.

As part of the city's 10-year street maintenance plan, a bumper crop of projects has been identified for improvements.

Road repairs for fiscal year 2014 are estimated to cost more than $450,000.

With the exception of the work on Simonds Road, all other road improvement projects budgeted for 2014 have been completed.

Current road repairs, which have slowed eastbound and westbound traffic at the intersection of Light Plant Road and Aztec Boulevard, are a state project.

According to the 10-year plan, Aztec has a total of 34 miles of roadway, the equivalent of approximately 5.4 million square feet of pavement.

James Fenton covers Aztec and Bloomfield for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4621 and jfenton@daily-times.com. Follow him @fentondt on Twitter.