City officials, state transportation officials and State Rep. Dennis Roch were on hand Monday for the groundbreaking of the Second Street Project, which includes paving and new water lines.
“With this project we begin to see, locally, the benefits of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” Roch said. “When the economic recovery package was passed last year, many questioned if it would benefit our area.”
Roch said with the project's start and completion the outlook for future local projects receiving funding is brighter.
The joint project between the city of Tucumcari and the New Mexico Department of Transportation is the first to go to construction funded by the NMDOT’s ARRA.
It's expected to be complete by Sept. 23, said Antonio Apodaca, Tucumcari's mayor pro-tem.
Apodaca said the project's budget is $2.3 million and will include 4,880 feet of subsurface road improvements and new 6-inch water distribution lines. He said the project will run along Second Street from Route 66 to Washington Avenue.
“We want to let our neighbors on Second Street know that we are doing this to improve your neighborhood,” Apodaca said. “We know the construction will pose some difficulty and people will want it done fast. But we want to make sure we do it right.”
The bid for the construction was awarded to Versatile Construction Company, with Pacheco Construction being sub-contracted, said City Commissioner Robert Lumpkin.
“All of the construction has been awarded to local companies,” Lumpkin said. “It is 100 percent local which mean new jobs and revenue for the area and community.”
Lumpkin said the improvements will serve 176 households along Second Street.
Letters from U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman were read at the ceremony by Misty Vick and Yvette Fazekas, community development project coordinators.
Bingaman congratulated the city of Tucumcari and state officials for their hard work on the project. He said the city is making the best use of federal and state tax dollars while ensuring roadway safety and efficient water service for residents.
The city of Tucumcari has allocated over $10.6 million from the ARRA and Quay County has received over $24 million.
Udall said the road improvements will help grow the local economy by creating jobs.
Break down of the funding
NMDOT ARRA grant — $1,785,000
CDBG ARRA grant — $500,000 ($50,000 match)