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University Avenue area streets to be closed during construction

Construction projects in the university area will affect traffic through mid-August, said Rich MacRorie, New Mexico State University's director of facilities operation.

Las Cruces work to widen University Avenue at its intersection with Triviz Street -- near the Pan Am Center -- requires that traffic usually will be restricted to one lane in each direction on University. The work will continue through mid-August. Triviz Street through the Triviz-Payne Street intersection on the New Mexico State campus will also be narrowed to one lane in each direction during the construction through mid-August, MacRorie said.

Work on utilities for the Conroy Honors Center at New Mexico State will require the closure of two lanes of traffic on University Avenue for about half a block east and west of the Espina Street intersection the week of July 9-13. No lanes on Espina Street will be closed. Traffic on University Avenue will be limited to one lane in each direction and no left turns, from either University or Espina, will be possible at the intersection during the closure, he said.

The university will begin repaving Knox Street between University Avenue and College Drive on July 12. The work will continue through mid-August. During construction, Knox Street between University and College, including the College Drive intersection, will be closed; however, Knox south of the College Drive intersection will remain open.

Motorists are asked to use caution and to use alternate routes when possible. Drivers seeking access to New Mexico State's west side should consider using Union Street (El Paseo Road) at Stewart Street or Sam Steel Way. They should consider using the new I-25 underpass at Wells Street for access to the campus's east side.

Questions concerning the University Avenue-Triviz Street project should be directed to James Moore, the project director, at (505) 528-5533. Questions on the University Avenue-Espina Street intersection closure or the Knox Street project should be directed to MacRorie, at (505) 646-2101.