Las Cruces, NM (KDBC) — Main Street in Las Cruces will be under construction until this time next year. The New Mexico Department of Transportation said this $5 million project will add sidewalks, improve the flow of traffic, add water and sewer lines and street lights.
But for the businesses and residents along the street, the construction means inconvenience.
“We can’t go anywhere,” said Susan Bello, a resident. The bus stop used to be less than a mile from her home, but now she has to walk 20 to 40 minutes to get to one, as often as four times a week.
“I’m 65 years old. I’m used to taking a bus, since we don’t have a car.” Bello said.
The many businesses along the street are taking a hit as well.
Enchantment Tint and Audio has been open for about a year, and they say the construction is making their work a little more difficult.
“It’s difficult for our detail work… with all the dust and stuff. So we have to leave the cars in the bays before we can move them out or deliver them to our customers. Otherwise they get real dusty,” said Adam Vialpando, owner of Enchantment Tint and Audio.
Both businesses and residents agree the traffic has gotten heavier since the construction has started. They said the area used to be fairly quiet.
“It’s like rush hour is continuous now… horns honking, horns blaring, crashes, people getting angry,” Bello said.
NMDOT said there is no easy way to reconstruct roads and they understand the inconveniences this project is causing for those in the area.
Bridgett Spedaleri, spokesperson for NMDOT said they have public meetings to update the public on the projects and any other changes.