FARMINGTON — High-traffic areas along Pinon Hills Boulevard may soon receive sidewalks, bicycle lanes and other pedestrian and bicycle friendly infrastructure.

City council will vote Tuesday morning whether to approve a $600,000 project to construct the sidewalks and bicycle lanes.

"It covers a fairly big area," said Mayor Tommy Roberts. "It's a significant infrastructure improvement for the community."

If approved, sidewalks and bicycle lanes will be installed on Pinon Hills Boulevard from English Road to Main Street, Butler Avenue to College Boulevard, on Farmington Avenue from 20th to 30th streets and on the sections of Butler Avenue and College Boulevard near Pinon Hills Boulevard.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will provide $450,000 toward the project. The city will provide $150,000 in matching funds.

"We recognize that there's more pedestrian traffic in the area, and we expect that foot traffic will (continue) to increase," Roberts said. "Conceptually, most of our major roadways in the past 10 to 15 years have been designed with different modes of transportation in mind."

If city council approves the project, the funds will likely be available in September, said Nica Westerling, city engineer.

Final designs for the sidewalks and bicycle lanes are still being worked out, she said.

Greg Yee may be reached at; 564-4606.


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