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Roads concern Roswell residents

Faith Egbuonu
August 23, 2019 09:51 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A recent survey identified roads as the number one complaint from Roswell residents.

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“They definitely need work in all areas,” said Leslie Fowler, a Roswell resident.

Fowler said the roads near her home are in bad condition.

“I’ve been here five years and my road hasn’t been repaved since I’ve been here,” Fowler said. “So, I’m sure it’s been longer than that.”

“In 2017, the city performed a city wide survey and the #1 complaint was the condition of the streets,” Roswell’s city engineer, Louis Najar said.

Following the 2017 survey, the city hired a consultant last December to test the pavement conditions with a dynaflect machine.

“The dynaflect machine is a machine that has a weight that drops on the pavement,” Najar said.  “Based on the pavement, we have sonar radar that’s picking up the sounds off that –the vibrations, and that gives you a score of how sound that the pavement is.”

However, the score wasn’t good.

“We got the results back and our average score is 51. The national average score for most cities is 61 to 65,” Najar said.

The city plans to address their concerns at an infrastructure committee meeting next week.

In a statement, committee chair, Juan Oropesa tells KOB 4 it could take up to $16 million a year to keep up with infrastructure demands.

“Currently, we don’t have the funds,” Oropesa said. “Our current plan is to budget $5 million a year. We will make our recommendation to finance and city council on Monday.”

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