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ARTESIA — In order to improve pedestrian safety and mobility in the city of Artesia, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin construction this spring on an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) pedestrian improvement project on U.S. 285 from Hermosa Drive to Richey Avenue, as well as a bridge rehabilitation project along the corridor at the Eagle Draw Bridge.

The improvement work will consist of a new traffic signal at Hermosa and First Street, bridge rehabilitation at Eagle Draw, reconstruction of the intersection corners – including sidewalk ramp, curb and gutter – upgrade of pedestrian buttons, signing adjustments, and striping.

Traffic control for pedestrians and vehicles will be maintained throughout the project.

During the project, motorists can expect a one-lane closure and short delays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Directional detour signs will go up, notifying pedestrians and motorists of work. Access to businesses and residential areas will be maintained throughout the project, as well as ADA accessibility at all intersections.

According to standards set by the ADA, streets must contain street ramps. Work on this $5 million project is expected to be completed next fall, weather permitting.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Daily Press has contacted the NMDOT requesting more specific start and end dates for the above-mentioned projects. An update will be published if and when that information is received.)