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U.S. Highway 64 project continues between cities

Work on highway expansion began in 2009

Hannah Grover
hgrover@daily-times.com
Traffic moves along U.S. Highway 64 Thursday between Bloomfield and Farmington. The final phase of a project to expand the highway between the two cities will begin soon.
  • More than $52 million already has been spent on widening U.S. Highway 64 in the area.
  • The final stretch of the project will be 4 miles long in the area of County Road 350 and Andrea Drive.
  • The last phase will include full reconstruction of the highway.

FARMINGTON — After years of work on expanding U.S. Highway 64 between Farmington and Bloomfield, the New Mexico Department of Transportation is gearing up for the final stretch of the project.

The expansion has been in the works for more than a decade, according to The Daily Times archives. The multi-million-dollar project originally was broken into six phases and was partially funded by federal money. While construction initially was planned for 2007, it did not start until 2009.

Since then, construction has been done in phases starting in Bloomfield and working toward Farmington. NMDOT recently wrapped up a 2-mile portion of the project between mile marker 57.87 and mile marker 60.

The completed phases of the project cost approximately $52 million, according to the NMDOT 2016 annual report. The remaining section will cost approximately $31.5 million. The project within the Bloomfield city limits dragged on for approximately four years and cost $16.5 million, according to archives.

According to Rosanne Rodriguez, the district five quality manager for NMDOT, the state likely will award a construction bid in the spring of 2018 for the final stretch. That stretch includes what previously were two separate phases of the project. Rodriguez said in an email that NMDOT has combined the two phases.

The price tag for the final phase of the U.S. Highway 64 expansion between Bloomfield and Farmington has been set at $31.5 million.

"The project scope will be consistent with previous corridor projects on U.S. (Highway) 64," Rodriguez said in an email.

She said it will include full reconstruction of the highway, along with raised medians and access control. It will also include right- and left-turn bays.

New signals will be installed at the intersections with Andrea Drive and County Road 350. There also will be extensions of drainage structures, according to Rodriguez.

"This project will be close to four miles in length and will complete the corridor," Rodriguez said in the email.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.