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Farmington receives state funding for waterline replacement

City Council hears about funding for 3 construction projects

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Foothills Drive is pictured from Rinconada Street Tuesday in Farmington. A project to make the area more pedestrian and bike friendly soon will get underway.
  • The city received grants for resurfacing a portion of East Main Street and for the Foothills Drive enhancement project.
  • Farmington will use the state's drinking water revolving loan fund to finance waterline replacement in south Farmington.
  • The Farmington Metropolitan Planning Organization has been asked to review and update the city's bike plan.

 

FARMINGTON — People driving on the south side of Farmington this summer may have noticed construction resulting in a lane closure along U.S. Highway 64.

That work, which is wrapping up, was part of the 2P waterline replacement project. The three phase project is upgrading waterlines from the 1950s.

During a meeting this morning, the Farmington City Council approved signing a binding letter of commitment seeking approximately $2.9 million from the state's drinking water revolving loan fund. David Sypher, the city public works director, said the funding comes with 25 percent forgiveness.

The money will pay for completion of the third phase of the replacement project. That portion will stretch for more than 2 miles on Bloomfield Boulevard, Carlton Avenue, Don Rovin Lane and Hutton Road, according to a map in the City Council agenda packet.

"This completes a wonderful story for us," Sypher said.

The city has received state funding from the drinking water revolving loan fund to finance all three phases of the project, he said.

The city also received grants to pay for road projects. The city received a $125,500 grant with a nearly $42,000 city match to resurface a portion of East Main Street between Navajo Street and Butler Avenue. Sypher said the portion of East Main Street is one of the portions owned by the city, but the New Mexico Department of Transportation owns many portions of the road. The city will have two years to complete the resurfacing.

Traffic moves along the intersection of East Murray Drive and East Broadway Avenue on Tuesday in Farmington.

 

In addition to the resurfacing, the city received $240,000 worth of grant money to work on phase two of the Foothills Drive enhancement project. That project is designed to make the Foothills Drive area more pedestrian and bike friendly. The first phase of the project has not started, but it is fully funded. The city will have to budget $800,000 to phase two of the project, Sypher said. Phase three is unfunded.

At the end of the meeting, City Councilor Nate Duckett asked Sypher about the city's map of bike paths and lanes. He said a lot of bike lanes have been added in Farmington and asked when the map will be updated.

A section of Foothills Drive is pictured on Tuesday in Farmington.

 

Sypher said the city has asked the Farmington Metropolitan Planning Organization to review and update the bike plan. He said the map likely will be updated in conjunction with that review, and it will probably take about two years before it is completed and adopted.

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