City of Artesia, Second and Texas roundabout
The 2nd and Texas reconstruction project included four blocks of street in downtown Artesia. A roundabout feature was designed to improve the traffic flow and safety. Lighting and on street parking, including parking in the median on the approach to the roundabout and a flush median in the middle of the street for bus parking, also improved traffic flow. In addition the project included; landscaping in the roundabout as well as along the street; statues in the roundabout and on the corner a block away. All of these features were built within the existing right of way. The street project was coordinated with the new Hotel Artesia on the northeast corner of the intersection as well as the other property owners on the street. The project was also coordinated with the Artesia Main Street, the City, Eddy County and NMDOT.
Artesia Main Street Redevelopment Project, Artesia, NM
Smith Engineering provided planning and design services for the extensive reconstruction of Main Street in the central business district area of the city, impacting seven city blocks. This project was the culmination of more than three years of effort and is one of the most successful public/private partnerships of its type in the state. Smith was awarded the prestigious 2002 Quality Award for this project. Funding for the project included TEA-21, MAP, Co-op, Legislative Memorial, private and City funds. Services provided by the Smith team included: planning and concept development, location surveys and mapping, an extensive public involvement program, drainage study, environmental investigations and documentation, and design. Specific design services included major streetscape and landscape improvements, roadway and parking, drainage, signals and lighting, construction and permanent traffic control, erosion control, and intersections. Key elements of the project included innovative flat-angle parking, a unique construction program to allow pedestrian access to storefronts during construction, replacement of an existing 10" waterline, extensive public education and involvement, irrigation and lighting, and agency coordination. Smith came with flat angel parking as a compromise between parallel parking and 45 degree angle parking that you normally see. Other innovations included construction of half of the sidewalk width to allow access to the adjacent stores during construction.
Irving Boulevard/Golf Course Widening, Albuquerque, NM
Smith provided the design for the widening and alignment correction of approximately 4,000 linear feet of a minor arterial. The existing road consisted of a two-lane section that was widened to four lanes with a median, bike lanes and sidewalks. The design incorporated turn bays for access to connecting streets, relocation of existing utilities including; water, gas and fiber-optic telephone as well as a new storm drain, water, and sanitary sewer systems. The project included reconfiguring the Irving/Golf Course intersection including new signalization, new horizontal and vertical geometry to bring the intersection up to City of Albuquerque (COA) standards, and an extension of Golf Course Road to the south approximately 500 feet. This project required extensive coordination with the COA Transportation Development Division to assure that the proposed improvements would be compatible with future transportation improvements in the area. Smith also provided full-time construction management and construction observation services for this project.
New Mexico 532, Ruidoso, NM
New Mexico 532 begins at the intersection of NM 48 in the vicinity of the community of Alto and extends westward approximately 11 miles to the Ski Apache ski area. The lower three miles traverses Eagle Canyon along a flatter, rolling terrain while the upper 8 miles is mountainous with sharp curves and steep drop off sections. The roadway has two 11ft to 12ft lanes with no shoulders. The roadway is very hazardous in the winter with no pull off areas and insufficient shoulders for snow removal. NMDOT, the Forest Service and the Mescalero Apache Tribe would like to realign the road and bring the road up to current design standards. Smith provided an alignment study, conducted public hearings involving all stakeholders, providing the environmental studies and designed a roadway along a route that best meets the stakeholders' needs and criteria. This included preliminary of the entire corridor and final design of the three worst curves, bringing the roadway up to current design standards such roadway width, horizontal and vertical curves, signing and striping, and drainage.
US 380 (East Second Street Improvements), Roswell, NM
This $8 million, 1.2 mile, urban arterial street project included landscaping, lighting, three signals, a new storm drainage system with 24 inch to 60 inch pipe sizes, a bridge over the Hondo River, a railroad crossing, water and sewer replacement, a totally reconstructed five lane street section, and sidewalks. Work for this NMDOT funded project included design surveys, geotechnical analysis, pavement design, environmental documents, storm drainage reports, and preparation of construction drawings, as well as coordinating the design activities with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the City of Roswell, private utility companies, and the East Second Street Task Force made up of the commercial and industrial business leaders along the street corridor. We had many meetings with Task Force to determine the best construction phasing and beautification features. Smith and NMDOT also coordinated with AT&SF Railway. There are 72 businesses along this project. Environmental investigations found 4 contaminated sites within the right-of-way. We coordinated with BN&SF Railway Company for the new railroad crossing that was much flatter and more drivable than the old crossing. The bridge construction was timed with storm water releases during the summer months down the Hondo River. The bridge was widened to improve the hydraulics through the channel and a small park area was established there. A park site was also created from an abandoned street right-of-way that intersected with East Second. The street is extremely flat and drainage was provided by waving the street and providing drop inlets in the swale.
West Second Street Reconstruction, NMDOT, Roswell, NM
Smith designed this federally funded, $7.8 million, 2.2 mile urban arterial street project. The project included landscaping, lighting, signalization, and other infrastructure. The street section was five lanes within a 60-foot right of way. Smith delivered an alignment study, design surveys and geotechnical analysis, along with pavement design, environmental documents, storm drainage reports and construction drawings. Smith also coordinated with the New Mexico DOT, the City of Roswell, and the West Second Street Task Force, made up of business leaders, throughout the project. There were a total of 77 businesses along this corridor and 5 designated contaminated sites. Every effort was made to accommodate each of their unique and distinctive needs during the design and construction phases of the project.
Back Basin Road Improvements, Village of Angel Fire, NM
The Back Basin Road Improvements project included 5.2 miles of road rehabilitation with drainage and waterline improvements and relocation. Smith Engineering provided design engineering, bid assistance, and full-time construction observation. The picture on the left shows one of the sections of waterline relocation needed to finalize road construction. Smith's construction team completed the project closeout in December 2008 for this $1.2 million project.