POSTED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 4:29pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 4:29pm
Temporary lane closures on El Paseo Road
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Las Cruces High School is in the early stages of an $80 million renovation project that has demolished the front section of the school and will cause temporary lane closures on El Paseo Road.
On Tuesday, El Paseo Road was reduced to one lane in each direction in front of the school while crews worked on utilities.
"This is going to be very nice and if everybody will be patient during the construction they'll like the project when it's finished," said Las Cruces Public Schools Director of Construction Gloria Martinez.
Martinez said they hope to finish the road before school starts in the fall to avoid heavy congestion in what was an already high traffic area.
Due to space constraints, the school will now have a new parking lot across the street on the east side of El Paseo that will also feature a new walkway so students can make it safely across.
Most of the demolition work on the 1955 building has already been done with crews having already torn down the library, the administration building and even the front parking lot.
Martinez said the design plans also include a second story for the oldest high school in town.
"We are going to have two stories that way we can have more square footage in the same amount of acreage," she said.
While the work is underway, entrances and visitor parkings have been relocated off of Boutz Road.
LCPS has included maps of the changes to the campus on their website  to better inform parents and visitors of the changes.