The intersection of Wilpett Rd. and King Blvd. (Michaela Helean/Observer)


Southern Blvd., King Blvd., and Westside Dr. are awaiting big updates from the city so major road work can get underway..

Southern and King are due to be widened. Westside Dr. will be getting a pedestrian walk.

These plans were discussed in the most recent Public Works Project Update on Oct. 18 with the City of Rio Rancho.

Westside has been in the planning stage for a while and will remain there because of supply chain issues with street lights and permanent meters. Materials have been delayed multiple times, so the restart of the project is to be determined. Projects include:

  • Southern Blvd. will be widened  from Unser Blvd. to Golf Course Rd.
  • King Blvd. will be expanded to four lanes. That project will last about six months.
  • The city is also adding lighting and a sewer line.
  • The intersection of Wilpett Rd. and King Blvd. will get a roundabout.

According to the city, plans are being finalized and acquisition of right-of-way has started. NMDOT is reviewing right-of-way maps and expects approval to come in December.

Once it is approved, the work it is scheduled to last four months.

Notice to proceed for all of these projects is still pending.