Work continues on major Eddy County roads

Estimated cost for Derrick Road and Black River Village Road projects around $11 million.

Mike Smith
Carlsbad Current-Argus
A large truck heads east on Derrick Road. The estimated cost of the project is $3.9 million.

Eddy County Public Works Director Ray Romero prayed for good weather the last few months to enable major county road work projects to continue.

"It may have helped," he said. “It has helped us, so we can continue on with our projects. We’re on schedule with our projects."

Crews from Constructors Inc. began work Oct. 31 on Derrick Road south of Carlsbad.

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“They have started paving and recessed (striping) from U.S. 62/180 all the way to Thomason (Road). They’ll keep doing that until they get to the other end which is U.S. 285,” Romero said.

Romero said drivers can expect delays on Derrick Road.

“Once we get that center portion done, we will go back in there and start working on the intersections and there will be closures on the intersections once we get that in place,” he said. 

Romero said that intersection work may begin in a few weeks, but does not have a firm end date for $3.9 million project.

Fresh pavement greets drivers on Derrick Road south of Carlsbad. Eddy County Public Works Director Ray Romero says favorable weather has helped construction for the past few months.

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Paving work coming to Black River Village Road

James Hamilton Construction started work on pothole-riddled Black River Village Road in early October.

“The road has already been set and primed,” Romero said.

A massive pothole greets motorists on Black River Village Road.

“We thought we were going to pave this week, and it won’t be until next week. They will be doing some test strips on Monday and start paving on Tuesday."

Romero said the pavement job could last up to 20 days.

“After they’re done they will be doing some striping. There will be some delays on that. It takes a long time for the paint to set and dry,” Romero said.

The estimated project cost is over $7 million.

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