DRIPPING SPRINGS BRIDGE CEREMONY SET FOR SATURDAY, DEC. 22

DRIPPING SPRINGS BRIDGE CEREMONY SET FOR SATURDAY, DEC. 22

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the newly constructed Dripping Springs Bridge will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the bridge site.

Doña Ana County Public Works Director said the ceremony will be a Christmas present to the residents who travel the road on a daily basis, as well as an opportunity to recognize and thank New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen. Leonard Lee Rawson and Rep. Joseph Cervantes, who provided funding for the $1 million project.

Granados said that after the ribbon is cut, the first car will be allowed to cross the prefabricated concrete structure, which is 100 feet long, 64 feet wide and 16 feet above the arroyo bed. The bridge has been constructed to handle one lane of traffic in each direction, but Granados said it has been designed and engineered to accommodate the installation of additional lanes in the future, as needed.

Sen. Rawson and Rep. Cervantes have confirmed their attendance at the event. Invitations also have been extended to the Santa Fe and Las Cruces offices of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, as well as the Santa Fe and Deming offices of the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Members of the Talavera Homeowners’ Association also have been invited as special guests to the event.

Featured speakers at the ribbon-cutting will include Sen. Rawson and Rep. Cervantes, as well as Doña Ana County Commission Chairwoman Karen G. Perez, who lives in the Talavera area.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Works Director Jorge Granados at (505) 649-9225.