Reconstruction of Dora Highway begins

PNT Staff Report

Reconstruction of N.M. 206 south of Portales Monday, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

The project will start at mile marker 67 near Dora and work north to mile marker 82.49 near Portales, according to the release.

The project, which will rehabilitate a 15.49 mile long stretch of highway will cost approximately $4.5 million, according to the release. It is anticipated construction will last approximately 3 to 4 months.

The project will correct the failed pavement rehabilitation project that was completed in 2007.

James Hamilton Construction of Silver City, the apparent low bidder for the project will be the contractor for the reconstruction effort.

NMDOT also announced that it will be allocating funds this fall to begin, engineering design for the U.S. 70 downtown Portales project.

According to previous reports, the project could include a traffic signal light at First and Main Streets and two-way traffic on Avenue A and Avenue B around the courthouse square. It may also incorporate various traffic calming measures to improve pedestrian safety downtown.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding this project may contact Pat Garcia, Portales Project Manager for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, at 356-0048.