New Mexico road to Spaceport hits snag due to planning error

Spaceport

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – Officials say start of construction on an improved southern New Mexico road to Spaceport America will be delayed around three months thanks to a planning error.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Dona Ana County staff told commissioners last week surveying work for the proposed construction didn’t align with a corridor that was studied as part of a key environmental review.

County Engineer Robert Armijo says he didn’t know why that happened but staff has to redesign the roadway to match the corridor.

Armijo says he’s hoping construction will begin at the end of the year.

Spaceport, located 60 miles north of Las Cruces, is where Virgin Galactic plans to launch its first space-tourism flights at a cost of $200,000 per person.

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