COUNTY ROAD MAINTENANCE BEHIND SCHEDULE, PATIENCE URGED

COUNTY ROAD MAINTENANCE BEHIND SCHEDULE, PATIENCE URGED

Doña Ana County is approximately 10 weeks behind on regular road maintenance and construction as a result of repair work necessitated by heavy summer flooding. Doña Ana County has more than 1,500 miles of roads in its inventory, only about 500 miles of which are paved roads.

“We have prioritized repair areas,” said Public Works Director Jorge Granados. “Our focus continues to be on moving crews to prioritized areas and concentrating efforts there, then moving the crews and equipment to the next place on the priority list.”

Granados said incoming complaints from commissioners, constituents and motorists are logged for site assessments, then prioritized in the ongoing recovery efforts. He said, however, that passable roads continue to receive the lowest priority for work.

Doña Ana County has an outstanding contract for outside services which will be put into play, beginning next week. To date, Doña Ana County has not received any reimbursements from either the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the State of New Mexico, Granados said.

“We’re chewing away at our budget in anticipation of reimbursement funding,” he said. “We have to be judicious in our spending until we begin to establish additional cash flow. Even so, we’ve determined to bring additional, contracted crews and equipment to the project.”

Granados said he has been personally touring the flood-affected areas with FEMA representatives to coordinate cost estimates and timetables for repair. He said the flood response is complicated by the large area affected by the summer storms and the number of roads and drainage systems that sustained damaged.

“We are just asking people to be patient,” he said. “We’re working our crews hard, and we’ll continue to do so until we get everything back to normal. But everyone needs to realize that the process will not occur overnight. In fact, it’s going to take quite a while.”

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