By Greg Yee
FARMINGTON Municipal Drive will be completely closed from Glade Road to Navajo Street from Monday to 14 for sewer line repairs.
The project is expected to consolidate aging sewer lines into one, larger line to make room for future water line work.
"The oldest lines are in excess of 50 years," said Ruben Salcido, Water and Wastewater operations manager and environmental coordinator.
The project, however, is particularly problematic because of the varying depths crews will have to work at. The existing sewer lines are from 12 to 14 feet deep in some spots, said City Engineer Nica Westerling.
Residents can expect minor interruptions in their sewer service when construction crews tie in to the new line, Salcido said. Any interruptions in service should last no longer than 20 minutes.
Road closure is mandatory because construction crews must complete a tie in at the front end of the line at Ashurst and Municipal drives.
"It will make things go a lot faster," Salcido said.
After next week's closure, Municipal Drive will be reopened to traffic with restricted access to lanes. Construction crews will be installing the new sewer line in the closed area.
The process will likely take a few weeks, after which the road will be closed for another week to complete the sewer line tie in at Glade Road.
The Department of Public Works suggests using Navajo to Auburn Avenue and Brookside Drive to detour around the closure.
Call 505-599-1308 for more information on road closures.