Las Cruces, NM – As Las Cruces Public Schools moves forward with construction of the new high school the city is addressing overall access to the area.
The school district is paying for roadway, drainage, and traffic signal improvements adjacent to their site, but the city must complete the connection to major roads.
The majority of the land between Lohman and Drippings Springs Road is owned by the Bureau of Land Management who has no plans for disposal. This means it will be a long time before any of the public land is developed to include the road construction.
Las Cruces City Manager Robert Garza says the city has made two point five million dollars available through refinancing of existing general fund bonds. He says the funds will provide a basic two lane road with a shoulder.
Garza-" I think that there is some huge positives from a regional transportation perspective allowing people who live in the more east area of the city to be able to travel to the southeast part of our city without having to go through the middle of town or get on the interstate. It's going to help redistribute traffic considerably. That's a good thing especially when you are taking traffic away from congested intersections like Lohman and Telshor."
The total cost to build a complete arterial roadway for the project is around seven million dollars. That would include a four lane road with sidewalks, curbs and a bike lane. Garza says he sees the initial road as something temporary. The school is set to open in 2012.