New Aztec bridge design to increase project cost
Posted at: 02/25/2013 1:30 PM
By: The Associated Press
AZTEC, N.M. (AP) - Engineers are reevaluating the design of a pedestrian bridge that will link trail systems within the city of Aztec to protect unexcavated archaeological sites and alleviate flooding concerns.
The Daily Times reports that the new design is expected to boost the cost of the bridge by about $600,000.
The original cost was $1 million. The bridge would be part of the city's ongoing efforts to enhance pedestrian and bicycle access from the downtown area to parks, trails and cultural resources such as the Aztec Ruins National Monument.
Aztec Ruins Superintendent had raised concerns about the bridge over potential damage to archaeological material.
He had asked city officials and engineers to guarantee the material would not be at risk. The final design will have to be approved by various government agencies, including the Federal Highway Administration.
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