Throughout the design development process, the Design Team has been engaged with local stakeholders and governing bodies such as McKinley County and the Navajo Nation Church Rock Chapter. The Design Team has also met regularly with representatives of the Navajo Nation DOT, the Casino, the C-Store, and the Navajo Nation Economic Development Agency to coordinate project details.
This webpage served as a platform for a Virtual Open House to share project information and materials on a summary level for public review. Outreach requesting public input included over 2,000 informational flyers that were mailed in the surrounding zip codes, social media posts, press releases, and newspaper advertisements.
We greatly appreciated your participation! The comment period ended on February 28, 2022. We will provide updates as the project progresses.
What is Planned for this Project?
The project will include the reconstruction of the roadway, addition of turn lanes, paved shoulders, street lighting, vegetation management, extension of drainage structures, and other improvements.
Final design for the NM 118 Safety Improvement Project is close to completion and will be coordinated with an adjacent project (Control number 6100671) involving the replacement of the Church Rock bridge over the railroad. Construction for this project is anticipated in 2025, after construction has been completed for the Church Rock bridge replacement project.
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Information Flyer, January 2022
- Provide turn and acceleration/deceleration lanes for NM 118 at the locations identified below. Each turn lane will have sufficient length for deceleration and storage.
• An eastbound right-turn/deceleration lane onto Rehoboth Drive and provide roadway lighting at this intersection;
• An eastbound right-turn/deceleration lane at Sundance Drive;
• An eastbound left-turn/deceleration lane to the driveway to the Navajo Tech Innovation Center;
• An eastbound left-turn/deceleration lane onto NM 566;
• A westbound right-turn/deceleration lane onto NM 566; and
• A westbound acceleration lane from the proposed Convenience Store (C-Store) driveway to allow traffic to safely merge.
- Build 9-ft shoulders throughout the project area. This work will include drainage improvements such as culvert extensions and grading. The shoulders will also provide the added benefit of a safe space for pedestrian and bicycle travel within the corridor.
- Install barrier curb-and-gutter or guardrail on the north side of NM 118 along the entire Casino frontage to better define access to the Casino.
- Implement vegetation mitigation measures such as asphalt or concrete slope pavement at the north side of the Sundance Road concrete box culvert (CBC) underpass of I-40. This will improve intersection sight distance. Based on an assessment of intersection sight distance, additional measures such as reconstructing the entire CBC wingwall were determined to be unnecessary.
- Install roadway lighting at the Rehoboth/NM 118 intersection and along the 1.63 miles between the McKinley County Line (MP 28.00) and NM 566 junction.
- Widen NM 118 in the area of the Sundance Drive intersection. This area will require a minor widening to the north to accommodate installation of the west bound shoulder and the Sundance right-turn lane. This widening will be accomplished within the existing right-of-way.
- Reconstruction of the mainline pavement at the existing two-lane section of the roadway from east of El Paso Circle to the EOP.
Public Event – Virtual Open House
Final Design to be Completed
Anticipated Start of Construction