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Rough spot on Lomas at I-40 will go out for bids

LOMAS OVERPASS ON THE LIST FOR REHAB: Lawrence Jones called from Tijeras to report that on eastbound Lomas at Interstate 40, the concrete-to-asphalt transition is so jarring, and the surface so buckled, “it knocked my headlight out and it broke all over the road!”

New Mexico Department of Transportation’s assistant engineer for District 3, Thomas Kratochvil, says help is on the way. The section of Lomas in question, eastbound over I-40, “is on the list to get three quotes late this construction season or early next.”

That said, in the interim, “please note that if the road is driven at posted speed limit the ride is still within acceptable means. NMDOT staff, including myself, is driving it – at the posted speed limit – monitoring and evaluating it.”

BIG PROJECT MONEY FOR SMALLER CITIES: Last week the state Transportation Commission approved nearly $50 million in Local Government Transportation Funds to improve roads across the state. To get the funds, local governments must match just 5% of the state money, meaning municipalities get real bang for their taxpayer bucks.

In District 3, which covers the metro area, that includes:

• Rio Rancho, Unser Boulevard Phase 11B Right of Way Acquisition, state $1,662,500, city $87,500; and Southern Boulevard reconstruction, state $760,000, city $40,000.

• Village of Tijeras, Gonzales Road, state $95,000, village $5,000; and Torres Trail, state $142,500, village $7,500.

• Rio Metro Regional Transit District, Rail Runner station parking lot preservation, state $510,150, district $26,850.

• Town of Bernalillo, Highway 44 rehabilitation, state $688,750, town 36,250.

• Valencia County, Van Camp Boulevard, state $285,000, county $15,000.

• Rio Communities, Golf Course Lane, state $245,054, communities $12,897.

• Town of Peralta, La Ladera Improvements Phase II, state $441,750, town $23,250.

ROUNDABOUT IN THE HOME STRETCH: With a completion date of early September, the Rio Grande/Candelaria roundabout construction project is moving into its final phases, with crews working 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

This weekend, traffic on Rio Grande between Candelaria to Artesanos Court was scheduled to shift to the east (one lane in each direction). Candelaria traffic was to shift as well just east of the intersection (also one lane in each direction). And Candelaria was to be completely closed from the west half of the intersection to just east of Colonade Court.

These changes are scheduled to run a week to 10 days. For more information, go to the roundabout website, www.rgc-roundabout.com.

NEW MEXICO NEEDS ORGAN DONORS: A new study ranks New Mexico third when it comes to the number of residents on the wait list for an organ.

Just over nine people are in line here for every organ donated. And almost 15% of them wait five years or longer for an organ to become available.

Organ Donation in America: Exploring Organ Donors By The Numbers relies on information from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and the Centers for Disease Control. It was put out by HealthTestingCenters.com.

“In 2018, there were 113,000 people on the waitlist nationally and 5,800 individuals died before receiving a transplant,” the study says.

You can become an organ donor at any MVD office or at www.donatelife.net.

Editorial page editor D’Val Westphal tackles commuter issues for the Metro area on Mondays. Reach her at 823-3858; dwestphal@abqjournal.com; or 7777 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, N.M., 87109.

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