ARTESIA — Motorists are urged to be aware of the increased traffic flow that will take place in the area of Navajo Refining during the company’s scheduled shutdown operation.
From approximately Jan. 14 through Feb. 15, Navajo Refining Company in Artesia will be conducting the shutdown, which will require approximately 1,200 additional workers Monday through Saturday. These workers will be required to park in a lot just west of the intersection of U.S. 82 and Bolton Road. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.
The busiest times for these workers to enter and exit the parking lot will be from 5-7:30, both in the morning and evening.
There will be cautionary signage placed in the area during the shift change times. Additionally, traffic control officers from both the Artesia Police Department and the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office will be in place to allow traffic to flow as smoothly and safely as possible in the area during the shift change times.
The Artesia Police Department and Eddy County Sheriff’s Office both ask for drivers in the area of Navajo during this time period to plan accordingly, consider an alternate route, and obey the directions of traffic control devices and officers in the area.
“All parties involved in the movement of the additional workers wish for motorists to get to their destinations safely and on time,” the APD stated in a release. “With their cooperation, it will        happen.”