Tech to improve explosives route

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Foxtrot Road is about to get extensive work done.

Recently, the New Mexico Tech Board of Regents accepted money from the Department of Transportation in order to fix Foxtrot Road. This road runs east-west off of East Road/NM 408 and is primarily used by semi trucks carrying explosives to and from the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center. Currently, it is a dirt road.

The total budget for the road repair is $94,325. Out of this, 25 percent — $23,581 — will be paid by NMT. The rest will be paid by the DOT.

This money will not cover work on the entirety of the road. Extensive work is required. Much of the road is at an incline, which makes erosion a big problem. According to Thomas Guengerich, NMT’s public information officer, even the subgrade — the ground a road is built on — has eroded in places. Both manhole covers along the first few hundred feet stick out of the road surface by a few inches.

Foxtrot Road is part of a two mile long route from East Road into EMRTC. The plan is to either pave or chip-seal the entire route. Right now, the contract for the road is going out for bids. This first phase should be done partway through fall semester — sometime before mid-December.