U.S. 70 reconstruction topic of discussion

Karl Terry

U.S. 70 reconstruction in Portales will be the topic of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Luncheon.

The luncheon is set for noon Tuesday in the Latte Lounge at Mark’s Restaurant. Cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

New Mexico Department of Transportation Technical Support Engineer Matt Grush is lined up to talk about the Corridor Project, which will reconstruct U.S. 70 through downtown Portales.

The project includes concrete work on streets and all new curb and gutter through the heart of the city. The project is expected to take several months to complete.

“This is a major improvement to Portales streets,” said Chamber Executive Director Karl Terry. “But at the same time, the construction will be a major impact for our residents and for businesses in the area of the construction.”

Terry pointed out that NMDOT has emphasized the work currently ongoing on the north part of U.S. 70 in Portales is a separate project and not as wide in scope as the Corridor Project.

This is the second Quarterly Luncheon held this year, after the event was re-established this fall.

“We hope business and community leaders will take these luncheons as an opportunity to network with their peers and hopefully they’ll come away with information that will matter to their operations,” said Terry.

The luncheon will be Christmas-themed with stuffed porkchops, sweet potato, vegetables and a holiday dessert.

The luncheon is open to both Chamber members and non-members. To reserve a luncheon ticket, visit portales.com by visiting the Community Calendar item or call the chamber at 356-8541.