Road to happiness

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo Advanced Concrete’s Robert Lane, 22, readies concrete for sealing Tuesday afternoon as part of the U.S. 70 highway reconstruction project.  Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann said he expects all four lanes to be open in a couple of weeks.

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Advanced Concrete’s Robert Lane, 22, readies concrete for sealing Tuesday afternoon as part of the U.S. 70 highway reconstruction project.
Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann said he expects all four lanes to be open in a couple of weeks.

By Joshua Lucero
Staff writer

Twenty-seven months after it began, the U.S. 70 reconstruction project is coming to a close.
The project, which began in May 2012, is expected to have the finishing touches completed over the next two weeks, Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann said.
Guldemann said traffic will be switched onto the new inside lane of the road between North Bryan Avenue and South Abilene Avenue about midday today so the existing road can be patched into the reconstruction project.

The $8.3 million state road reconstruction project was originally slated to finish its final phase in August 2013, according to a May 2012 report.
Guldemann said the project was delayed mainly due to weather.
The project was also plagued with complaints from citizens and city officials about low hanging street lamps and uneven surfaces.
Construction Inc. officials said in an April report that the bumps were determined to be part of the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s official design in an effort to shed water.
The project includes new curbs, sidewalks, gutters, and landscaping along more than two miles of highway between University Place and East Second Street.
Guldemann said construction crews will be performing tasks from its “punch list,” such as fixing minor problems and landscaping, during the next week.
In addition to the punch list, crews are in the process of cutting and sealing the concrete joints on the new section of road, Guldemann said.
He said the road will be striped next week.