FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – The state announced a nearly $40 million investment for a construction project in Farmington. The Piñon Hills extension project will extend Piñon Hills from Main Street across the Animas River to connect with County Road 3000 and Wildflower Parkway.

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Officials say the investment will allow for emergency services to get to needed locations quicker and relieve traffic congestion on the main two Animas River crossings. The project also received $1.5 million from congress for a total price tag of $41.3 million.

The first phase of construction is expected to begin in March.