Commission authorizes pursuit of road grants

QCS Staff

QCS photo: Steve Hansen Quay roads AR and 43 meet about 20 miles south of Tucumcari.  Both roads will receive improvements if the county is successful in seeking grant funds from the New Mexico Dept. of Transportation.

QCS photo: Steve Hansen
Quay roads AR and 43 meet about 20 miles south of Tucumcari. Both roads will receive improvements if the county is successful in seeking grant funds from the New Mexico Dept. of Transportation.

The Quay County Commission on Monday authorized county road officials to pursue grants that could finance over $500,000 in county road improvements.

The projects were divided into three groups by state funding source.

In one group were projects to be funded by state grant money reserved for arterial roads. Included were improvements to 4.2 miles of Route 66 east of San Jon, and road improvements and new culverts on a three-quarter mile stretch of Route 66 near Tucumcari.

Also in this group are improvements along Quay Route 64. The total cost of improvements in this group is estimated at over $250,000, and includes some resurfacing, shaping and drainage, a fog seal on QR 64 to make the road last longer, striping, and culvert replacement, according to County Manager Richard Primrose.

Another project grouping will be funded by state transportation money reserved for school bus routes, Primrose said. These include improving a one-mile stretch of Quay Road N in the Porter area, as well as segments of Quay Road 65 and Quay Road 64 near Tucumcari, each of which is two miles long. The total cost of this group of projects is more than $139,500 and includes shaping, draining and resurfacing these road segments.

The third group of projects includes work on Quay Road 43 and Quay Road AR in the Quay Valley area. The project includes resurfacing and drainage work on a a 4.3 mile segment of QR 43 and a three-quarter mile stretch of Quay Road AR. Nearly $122,800 is sought for these projects, Primrose said.

This group of projects would be funded from general-purpose state transportation money.

Primrose said the county is applying for a “match waiver” on the first two projects, which ordinarily require county funds to match state allocations. Because Quay County is considered a hardship area, he said, it may qualify for waivers of matching funds.

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