By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer
Groundbreaking on the state Road 467 overpass is delayed because construction bids didn’t meet budget requirements, according to Curry County Road Superintendent Danny Davis.
Davis reported state road department officials plan to award the contract next week for the $3.65 million project.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for mid- to late June, Davis said. State road officials estimate the project will take nine to 20 months to complete.
The project has been in the works since the railroad crossing at Wheaton Road was closed about 2 1/2 years ago. Davis said the county closed the Wheaton Road crossing to make room for expansion of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad’s Clovis rail yard.
The railroad overpass will serve approximately 1,200 southwest Curry County residents who reside in the Wheat Ridge, Double A, South Valley and Buchanan subdivisions.
Currently these residents cannot enter Clovis without crossing a railroad track.
Curry County Manager Dick Smith said the addition of an overpass on state Road 467 will afford residents and emergency vehicles quick access into town.
“A train on the tracks will become a moot point,” Smith said.
The bulk of the construction will be paid by $2 million in federal and $1 million in state taxpayer funds. Curry County has allocated $500,000 for sidewalks and guardrails. BNSF will contribute 10 percent of the cost as part of a previous agreement for the county closing the Wheaton Road crossing.