CRANE TO BEGIN BRIDGE PLACEMENT AT DRIPPING SPRINGS ROAD ON 12-6-07

CRANE TO BEGIN BRIDGE PLACEMENT AT DRIPPING SPRINGS ROAD ON 12-6-07

A crane will arrive Wednesday, Dec. 5, be on the site of Doña Ana County’s bridge-construction project above the arroyo that bisects Dripping Springs Road just west of the Bruce King Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

By mid-morning Thursday, Dec. 6, the crane will be in operation to assemble the prefabricated concrete bridge. The completed structure will measure 100 feet long and 64 feet wide to carry permanent traffic – including a bicycle lane – 16 feet above the area where the arroyo flows.

The bridge will initially be constructed to handle one lane of traffic in each direction, but it has been designed and engineered to accommodate the installation of additional lanes in the future, as needed.

Total cost of the construction project is expected to be about $1 million, with most of that amount received from legislative appropriations from State Sen. Leonard Lee Rawson, R.-Doña Ana County, and State Rep. Joseph Cervantes, D.-Doña Ana County. The balance of the funding comes from the state’s GRIP II initiative to improve New Mexico infrastructure.

Doña Ana County is working closely with area property owners, including the First Evangelical Free Church, across whose land the detour was constructed.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.