Construction on U.S. 54 pushed back two years

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CARRIZOZO,  N.M. (KRQE)- Work on a highway that cuts right through a New Mexico town will be pushed back two years, not because the work doesn’t need to be done but because there are so many other dangerous spots on the busy highway that need attention first.

US 54, the highway through Carrizozo is a small one but driving through town shows some big problems.

“We want proper sidewalks and lighting and to slow down traffic coming through,” said Yovanne Lucero, Carrizozo Mayor. “We have to do a new infrastructure, so new water and sewer lines are going to go in. Also, there’s a big flooding problem and they are going to see what they can do to take care of that also.”

The road was supposed to get a complete makeover soon. But that will now have to wait two more years because of the state budget crisis.

“We would like to get it done as soon as possible but with the funding cuts from the state and everything I’d rather wait and do it right then have them rush and do it without enough money,” said Lucero.

The Department of Transportation says the project was moved to 2019 to deal with more pressing needs.

Also, Highway 380 in Carrizozo needs a repaving.

So for now, people in Carrizozo will have to wait for their new main road.

Some of the people in Carrizozo say Highway fifty-four has been neglected for so long that they don’t even notice it any more but they would like some sidewalks and lights in town.

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