By Jack King
Work to build an overpass on State Road 467 over the railroad tracks, which may lessen residents’ concerns about the closing of the Wheaton Street crossing is on schedule, said City Manager Ray Mondragon.
However, funding for the project is still $300,000 short, he added.
The New Mexico Department of Highways and Transportation is performing a scope and design study of the overpass.
The Curry County Commission has approved using $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for the overpass and plans to use $250,000 of next year’s CDBG funds for the project, he said.
The office of Gov. Bill Richardson has promised $1 million from the Highway Department’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for the project.
Clovis’s Economic Development Tax Advisory Board has voted to allocate $300,000 to the overpass. The City Commission must approve that allocation.
Finally, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad has promised to pay 10 percent of the project’s cost, he added.
“Once a source for that $300,000 is identified, we will proceed with building the overpass in the spring or summer of 2004,” Mondragon said.