FARMINGTON, N.M. — Funding issues have prompted the state Department of Transportation to delay work on New Mexico Highway 173, also known as Navajo Dam Road.

The Farmington Daily Times reported ( ) Monday that the highway stretches from Aztec to the intersection with New Mexico Highway 575 in the community of Navajo Dam.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Rosanne Rodriguez says the state is delaying and expanding the project in hopes of receiving new federal funds after discovering the well-traveled stretch of roadway did not qualify for an anticipated federal highway improvement grant.

Construction was scheduled for 2016, but was ultimately shelved due to struggles with right of way and utilities. And without grant money, the project has become a part of the fiscal year 2023 state transportation improvement plan.

Information from: The Daily Times,

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