Bosquecito road project funded

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Call it a Hail Mary pass, call it a windfall, call it blessed good news. It was a long shot, but the county just received money to rebuild Bosquecito Road.

County Manager Delilah Walsh revealed to El Defensor Chieftain that the award will be $1,930, 236.39.

“This is fantastic news,” said Walsh. “I’m still in shock.”

That shock was short-lived, however.

“We know exactly what we will do,” said Walsh. “We’re ready to make it happen.”

The county is also required to provide matching funds of $289,535.46. Walsh indicated that will be done via in-kind use of the county road department’s labor and equipment.

FEMA monies designated to repair the serious flooding damage to the road will also be used.

As previously reported, the initial phase of the project will provide repairs to three low-water crossings along a one-mile stretch of the road. That part of the project was previously estimated as costing $1.5 million.

The subsequent two phases will raise the road’s elevation and provide chip sealing to about five more miles of road.

This is expected to be a huge relief to Bosquecito residents. Historically, flooding from torrential rains overflow the arroyos, causing flood damage to nearby homes and property.

 


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