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Crews churn up a portion of Texas Avenue near Sixth Street Tuesday morning as early construction work continues on Texas between Fourth and Seventh streets. (Teresa Lemon – Daily Press)

Motorists beware: Another busy section of roadway will be closed for the next three months.

The City of Artesia and Constructor’s Inc. will be reconstructing Texas Avenue from Fourth to Seventh streets beginning Monday, April 3, through Wednesday, June 30.

The project, which is also part of Artesia MainStreet’s downtown beautification effort, will include potential water line updating, repaving, and installation of medians similar to those already in place on Texas Avenue from First to Fourth streets.

The news was met with groans from several Artesians strolling downtown Saturday during the Main Event Car Show.

“I kind of don’t know why we need so many medians downtown,” said one. “They look nice on Main Street, but sometimes it’s nice to have a big street to drive down, too, especially over there around the post office and City Hall where it gets busy.”

Others were more forgiving of the medians, if not the inconvenience.

“I think it looks nice on the other part of Texas, so it should be OK,” said one woman. “But I really am tired of roads in this town being closed for months and months. Road construction seems to move a lot faster in other places than it does here.”

Residents should plan to take alternate routes to offices and businesses accessible from that portion of Texas Avenue and should also be aware that the drive-through payment lane at City Hall will be closed for the duration of the project.

For more information, contact Jana Lessard, project manager with Constructor’s Inc., at 626-5485.