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AZTEC — In addition to hot weather, summer often means road construction and detours.

Several roads in Aztec are currently closed as crews work on patching and drainage projects, and City Engineer William Watson said there will be more detours later in the summer.

Right now, crews are installing gutters to allow water to run across the streets near Arnold Drive and Crandall Drive in the northwest part of the city.

Watson said the streets needed patch work, and officials decided to install the gutters at the same time.

Crandall Drive has been closed for approximately a week to install the gutter, and Arnold Drive is expected to close on June 28  for two weeks, according to a press release from the city.

The city started patch work in another west Aztec neighborhood on Monday. Residents on Mulberry Street may have to take detours while the work is being done, according to a press release.

Watson said the work on Mulberry Street will prepare the road for increased traffic while a sewer line is installed on nearby Western Drive. The sewer line will be the main line that transports waste to the treatment plant at the end of South Oliver Drive.

Watson said another potential street closure this summer could be in the area of Sabena Street.  He said the city will install drainage gutters to channel water across Sabena Street and Sagebrush Drive.

"You’re going to see some road closures throughout the city," he said, adding that may of the closures will be due to drainage projects.

The city is also finishing up installing a box culvert beneath a portion of Lovers Lane. The project shut down the street in the downtown neighborhood for months, but the street reopened a couple of weeks ago, Watson said.

"We’re nearly done with that project," he said.

Hannah Grover coves Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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