Work on new project will not begin until 2019

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FARMINGTON — The city of Farmington will use state funds to extend the sidewalk enhancement project on East 20th Street from Sullivan Avenue to North Dustin Avenue.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will provide $102,443 through its Transportation Alternative Program funds for design while the city will pay $17,458.

The total project will include a mile of sidewalk enhancements. The combined cost of design and construction will be about $900,000, and will be funded by about $750,000 in state funds and $150,000 in city money.

The project involves burying electric lines and making the sidewalks more pedestrian friendly. The project brings the sidewalks up to Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. In some parts of the project, the sidewalks will be separated from the road.

This is the final portion of the 20th Street sidewalk enhancements work, which caused congestion on 20th Street during the summer.

Commuters will see a brief relief from construction on 20th Street while the designs are created for the project. City public works director David Sypher told the City Council on Tuesday that the construction will not start until 2019. The meeting can be watched online at fmtn.org.

"I'm glad that it's not coming up very soon, the construction phase," City Councilor Gayla McCulloch said during the meeting.

She said some business owners had expressed frustration with the limited access to their business during the construction.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.

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