PINON HILLS BOULEVARD EXTENSION PROJECT

TENTATIVE START DATE


There was a special city council meeting held on Tuesday January 30th, recommending the city council to award the bid to AUI, Inc., the lowest bidder from Albuquerque, NM. 

The city council unanimously voted to award a $36,716,000.30 contract to AUI Inc. for the completion of the Pinon Hills Boulevard Extension project. 

The project is expected to begin March 11, 2024 and is projected to last approximately 2 years. 


BID ADVERTISEMENT AND BID OPENING


A request for bids was issued on Sunday, October 22, 2023 for the construction of the above reference project. Three bids were received for this project. The bid opening was on Tuesday December 12th, 2023. All bids were reviewed for completeness and accuracy. The lowest bidder was AUI Inc. of Albuquerque, NM, with a bid amount of $36,716,000.30 exclusive of New Mexico Gross Receipt Tax. 

On Monday January 22, 2024 the City of Farmington submitted a request to the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), requesting NMDOT to approve AUI Inc. as the lowest bid. On Tuesday January 23, 2024 NMDOT approved the city’s request, submitting a letter of concurrence.  

ACCEPTANCE OF PROJECT FUNDING WAS APPROVED ON OCTOBER 10, 2023

During a City Council regular meeting, the city council voted unanimously to adopt Resolution No. 2023-1926, the acceptance of two funding agreements for this project. The council accepted $9,275,030.00, with no local match requirement for Phase 1 of this project. Phase 1 is from East Main Street to STA 33+00 (i.e. near Hubbard Road). In addition, the council also accepted $29,268,755.00, with a $193,065.00 local match requirement for Phase 2 of the project. Phase 2 is from STA 33+00 to Morningstar Drive (i.e. CR 3000).

PUBLIC MEETING

See the notes from the Public Meeting held on October 13, 2022 at City Hall below: 


OVERVIEW & HISTORY OF THE PINON HILLS EXTENSION 

The City of Farmington and San Juan County identified a need to construct a roadway and bridge that will provide a secondary traffic connection across the Animas River. 

 The need for this connection has been studied for over 20 years.

 

The Pinon Hills Boulevard Extension and Bridge project will satisfy this need by providing a new roadway from New Mexico 516/East Main Street to the intersection of County Road 390/Wildflower Parkway and County Road 3900. 


The project originally was divided into three phases. Phases 1 and 2 were within the city, and Phase 3 was within the county. Per a discussion on October 13th, 2022 between the City of Farmington and the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) it was determined by NMDOT that the city’s two phases could now be combined into one single phase. Consequently, NMDOT no longer requires access points at both Paseo Del Rancho and Hubbard Road. Therefore, it is now the City of Farmington’s decision to keep or forego these two access points. 

On Tuesday November 15th, 2022 a special city council meeting was held to provide direction to city staff on keeping or forgoing the Paseo Del Rancho and Hubbard Road access points. During this special meeting, city council unanimously voted to forego both access points, Paseo Del Rancho and Hubbard Road respectively. 

TIMELINE


         NM 516/Main Street to CR3000/Morning Star Drive

         Projected for construction: December 2023

BENEFITS

Adding an additional connection from north Farmington to south Farmington will provide several benefits to the community:


  • Quicker response times for emergency services

  • Help reduce traffic congestion  

  • Reduced commute times

  • Creates new areas for residential and commercial development and encourages expansion of existing areas


The Farmington Metropolitan Planning Organization has also identified the Pinon Hills extension as a possible future freight corridor, further alleviating traffic congestion and mixed traffic in the heavily traveled business areas of Farmington.


COST


City’s total cost: $38,543,341.40


County’s total cost: $11,393,010



FUNDING


All phases will be funded with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money in FY23 & FY24. San Juan County was also the recipient of a Congressional Directed Funding award in the amount of $1.5 million for the extensive right-of-way acquisition required for their phase. 


***The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $1.7 trillion package signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, providing direct and indirect assistance to individuals, businesses, and tribal and local governments.  


New Mexico is receiving $2.5 billion, which includes funding for county and municipal governments.


For more information about ARPA Funds in New Mexico, click HERE


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