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SPA-2012-00566-ABQ: The New Mexico 434 Roadway Improvement Project

Published Jan. 29, 2016

                        JOINT PUBLIC NOTICE

Application Number: SPA-2012-00566-ABQ

Date:  January 29, 2016

Comments Due: March 1, 2016

SUBJECT: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, (Corps) and the New Mexico Environment Department’s Surface Water Quality Bureau (SWQB) are evaluating an application for the New Mexico 434 Roadway Improvement Project (NM 434), located near Guadalupita, Mora County, New Mexico, which would result in both temporary and permanent impacts both wetlands and non-wetland (other) waters of the United States (WoUS)  including Coyote Creek, Big Blue Creek and an unnamed tributary to Coyote Creek.  This notice is to inform interested parties of the proposed activity and to solicit comments.

AUTHORITY: This application is being evaluated under Sections 404 and 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for the discharge of dredged or fill material in WoUS.  State water quality certification is provided under the authority of 20.6.2 New Mexico Administrative Code.


David E. Trujillo, P.E.

District 4 Engineer

New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT)

PO Box 10

Las Vegas, NM 87701

LOCATION: The project site is located on or near Coyote and Big Blue Creeks, as described below and on the attached figures, on NM 434 between mileposts 17.24 and 19.66.  Beginning coordinates: UTM 479,149 E, 4,004,151 N.  End coordinates: UTM 478, 892E, 4,007,794 N.


The applicant proposes to widen NM 434 between mileposts 17.24 and 19.66 to accommodate two 11-foot wide lanes with 2-foot outside shoulders. The proposed expansion would reside primarily within the existing roadway and right of way but would include some shifts in alignment. The proposed project would replace two bridges within the project area, which would be located slightly to the east of the existing bridges to allow for traffic during construction.  There would also be a temporary crossing on Big Blue Creek consisting of a 36-inch culvert to allow traffic during the replacement of the existing Big Blue Creek culvert with a 14-foot bottomless structure.  The applicant has stated their overall project purpose and need is to widen NM 434 and replace the bridges and culvert to meet current federal safety standards.  The Corps has not yet made a determination of basic and overall project purpose.  The attached drawings provide additional project details.  The Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) is providing funding for this project and, as such, is designated lead federal agency for the project.