FARMINGTON — The New Mexico Department of Transportation started construction on N.M. Highway 516 and U.S. Highway 550 on April 13.

The construction is part of a safety improvement project in Aztec.

On New Mexico Highway 516, construction stretches from milepost 7.4 to milepost 13.9, and, on U.S. Highway 550, it starts at milepost 159.9 and continues for about one mile. Drivers can expect intermittent single lane closures and delays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the work week.

The safety project includes putting in ramps in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, sidewalks, curbs, gutters and median paving.

The project will cost $701,492 and will be completed during the summer.

Updates on the project are available at