On Monday, we will deliver a presentation on several ongoing road projects to the state legislation’s transportation committee. While a number of other projects are taking place, these represent several large-scale efforts.
The ongoing Cherry Lane project will include re-building the roadway from Sandy Lane to the Intersection of Callaway Drive, and upgrading the storm drainage with new curb and gutter. We’re also widening the road and adding sidewalks along the west side of the roadway tying our Callaway project to Cherry Lane Park.
The State of New Mexico recently authorized $500,000 to plan, design and construct improvements to Radio Boulevard. The project will include the reclaiming of the existing pavement and base course and repaving of the existing roadway from the intersection of Standpipe Road to the City limits.
We have also obtained funding to make improvements along Old Cavern Highway, between National Parks Highway and Farris Street. These upgrades will include drainage, pavement rehabilitation, milling and striping.
Additionally, improvements are being made at the railroad easement on the east end of Mermod Street to Texas Street and on to the west.
We also have a project expanding the current storm drain system along Halagueno Street.
Finally, we will also be introducing a proposal seeking funding for Dark Canyon Bridge. This project would consist of roadway, sidewalk and improvements, as well as a 5-span, 600-foot bridge. This is to protect our community from major floods, such as the one we had this summer. We have not obtained funding for this project yet, but we hope we can explain to members of the legislation as to why it is important for Carlsbad.
One update on the Brent Sullivan tragedy. It is our understanding that funeral expenses for Brent have been taken care of, and no public fundraiser event is planned at this time. Family members said additional donations can be made to Sunset Church of Christ.
COVID-19 update: We had 179 people receive a vaccination during the COVID-19 clinic at the civic center on Friday. This number included a large number of people who were receiving their third booster shots. We also received good feedback on how well the clinic went from residents.
The vaccine clinic will be offered next week on Monday (Oct. 4) and Friday (Oct. 8) from 8:30- 11 a.m. There will be no vaccine clinic on Oct. 11 due to the holiday. COVID-19 testing will be offered by Curative in front of the civic center (4012 National Parks Highway) from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Please let us know if you have any questions about testing options or vaccination options. You can also order a home test through a service called Vault at any time.
In sports, the Carlsbad Cavemen varsity football team lost to Las Cruces on Thursday, 42-13. Carlsbad hosts Centennial next Friday.