Drivers along Berino Road will see construction activity this summer as Phase III of the Berino Pond Project is put into place.
Construction begins this week on the project, which is designed to alleviate flooding in the area. The pond – once expanded and completed – is intended to intercept water that flows from the east under Interstate 10 during heavy rains.
Drainage and floodwaters will be detained within the pond, thereby eliminating historic flooding of area roadways, septic tanks, leach fields and residential wells.
Once contained, the floodwaters will be slowly released through pipes and spillways designed to reduce the peak flows.
Phases I and II of the project were completed in 2011 and 2012. Phase III will greatly increase the size and capacity of the existing structure.
Phase 3 is funded by a $500,000 Colonia Infrastructure Trust Fund grant and $667,000 matching funds from the Doña Ana County Flood Commission.
Construction is slated to be completed in August.
Warning signs and detours will be prominently posted as necessary.
Motorists are advised to slow down and to expect delays in the construction areas. Motorists also are reminded to exercise caution in all areas where workers are deployed.
Information from: Dona Ana County