Asphalt Paving

13th Street Reconstruction – Phase I

Installing the triple 60-inch storm drain

Owner: City of Artesia
Engineer: Smith Engineering Company

Location of Project: Artesia, NM
Contract Amount: $8,524,429
Completion Date: July 2015

This project was a full-width street reconstruction including over 10,000 LF of 60-in storm drain plus water lines, valves, fire hydrants, sanitary sewer line, manholes, sub-grade prep, base course, hot mix asphalt paving, concrete paving, concrete curb and cutter, sidewalks/fillets, and signalized intersections.  AUI completed the project within budget and over two months ahead of schedule.

The project site was constrained by the 32-ft street width. The triple 60-in storm drain installation required complete excavation and a trench width of 25-ft, plus access for material removal. Careful planning and execution was necessary to avoid damaging nearby facilities. The existing infrastructure was quite old, leading to numerous unknown utilities. We avoided damage by potholing each area prior to beginning excavation.

“It has been one of the most efficiently managed projects I have ever been associated with.”

Scott Hicks, PE/VP
Project Engineer
Smith Engineering Company

School children walking through the 60-in storm drain pipe

School children walking through the 60-in storm drain pipe

The project area included a school, a hospital, parks, businesses, and residences. Extra care was required to maintain both vehicle and pedestrian safety. In addition to cordoning off work areas, AUI held a “Safety Day” at the elementary school. We placed a piece of the storm drain pipe in the school parking lot and let the children walk through it to understand how large it was. We also brought in and demonstrated a trackhoe. We talked about what the heavy equipment does and how much it weighs, as well as explaining the reasons for the construction fences.

Because maintenance of access was required for all constituents throughout the project, we completed the project in four phases to limit the number of alternative entrances required at any one time. Utility services also had to be maintained during construction so bypass pumping was used to maintain sewer service during construction.

Special Assessment District #228

Removing boulders to allow trenching for utilities

Removing boulders to allow trenching for utilities

Owner: City of Albuquerque
Engineer: Wilson & Company
Location of Project: Albuquerque, NM
Contract Amount: $26,750,711
Completion Date: June 2014

AUI’s largest site development project to date, Special Assessment District (SAD) #228 consisted of 72-acres of site work including:

  • Over 65,000 CY of rock excavation requiring extensive blasting and rock trenching
  • Over 200,000 CY of import fill material
  • Over 50,000 TN of base course material
  • Over 200,000 SY of superpave asphalt concrete
  • Over 90,000 LF of concrete work that included curb and gutter, sidewalks, ADA ramps, and driveways
  • Over 12,000 LF of reinforced concrete pipe in various diameters from 18-in to 96-in
  • Approximately 38,000 LF of 8-in to 18-in diameter PVC sanitary sewer pipe installation, 2,000 LF of 6-in ductile iron forcemain, and 1,500 LF of 2-in PVC forcemain, plus a lift station
  • Over 200 manholes ranging in diameter from 4-ft to 10-ft
  • Approximately 42,000 LF of 4-in to 12-in diameter PVC waterline requiring over 30,000 lbs of ductile iron fittings
  • Water and sanitary services to approximately 430 individually owned properties
  • Over 66,000 LF of dry utility installation to include electrical, communication, and natural gas infrastructure
  • Signalization and lighting
  • Signage and striping
  • Garden walls and landscaping
  • Bike trail

The extensive rock removal on the project had numerous challenges. Basalt formations were very diverse and unpredictable; a single formation could contain voids, veins, and cracks which made blasting difficult due to the unpredictable release of pressure. Blasting was required directly above existing residences and both above and adjacent to active arterial roadways. The entire site was adjacent the Petroglyph National Monument, containing federally protected artifacts. We mitigated these challenges by using vibration and air blast monitoring for all rock blasts, utilizing both permanent and roving monitoring stations.

The fixed Owner’s budget with minimal contingency required careful budget management, especially since the entire design was preliminary and had to be constantly modified to meet the intent. We were also required to provide access to over 300 private land owners throughout the project.

Mayor Richard Berry and other dignitaries cut the ribbon on the finished Project

Mayor Richard Berry and other dignitaries cut the ribbon on the finished Project

NM 599 / County Road 62 Interchange

NM 599 Overpass

Completed Overpass Bridge over NM 599

Owner/Engineer: NMDOT
Location of Project: Santa Fe County, NM
Final Contract Amount: $7,080,995
Completion Date: July 2013
Project Awards Received:

  •  2013 NMDOT District Five Pavement Smoothness Quality Award
  •  2013 American Concrete Institute New Mexico Chapter Excellence in Concrete Award

This project involved construction of an overpass bridge over NM 599 on the west side of Santa Fe. Roundabouts were constructed on each side of NM 599 which allowed reduced bridge width on the overpass and also eliminated potentially hazardous stop conditions. The intersection also accommodates increasing pedestrian and bicycle traffic from the surrounding area.

The bridge incorporated original site-specific artwork by two local area artists:  Leanna Aragon from the Tesuque Pueblo and Leo Romero a 5th generation Agua Fria Village native.  Each artist was assigned one side of the bridge and was asked to create themes that expressed their community’s experience of living in this place.

Aragon’s work includes avanyu, the water serpent sacred to Tewa peoples, and the turkey pindi that was raised in the area. Romero’s work references the carretas (carts) which brought firewood from the nearby Caja del Rio and the springs (ojitos) that supplied travelers with refreshment in the early days of the Camino Real.

The artwork was produced by fabricating large precast concrete facing panels, providing a durable “canvas” that allows the design to stand the test of time. The Reinforced Earth Co. collaborated with the artists to incorporate the artwork into the design plans of the retaining walls. The company’s precast division then precisely transferred the artwork onto the facing panels to achieve the desired 3-D relief and surface textures. Finishing colors were added on the job site.

Lead and Coal Avenues Improvements

After: Coal Avenue at Ash Street

After: Coal Avenue at Ash Street

Owner: City of Albuquerque
Engineer: Wilson & Company
Location of Project: Albuquerque, NM
Final Contract Amount: $26,896,887
Completion Date: May 2012

Awards Received:
Three awards from the Associated General Contractors-New Mexico Building Branch (AGC-NM) Best Buildings 2013

  • Municipal and Utilities
  • ACE Leadership High School Students Award
  • Grand Prize of Show

Lead and Coal Avenues serve as main arterials connecting downtown Albuquerque to its east side. The project involved over five and a half miles of construction through the heavily traveled residential area. In addition to resident and business access, mail, bus service, garbage pick-up and other services had to be maintained throughout the project, and heavy pedestrian traffic was a concern with the project’s proximity to CNM and UNM.

The existing three-lane streets that encouraged speeding and weaving were replaced with two-lane streets that included traffic-calming features and encouraged multi-modal transportation. The project made the entire corridor ADA accessible with the installation of over 500 wheelchair ramps. In addition, designated transit stops with shaded structures were installed, bike lanes were added throughout the length of the project, and the existing 3’ sidewalks were widened to a minimum of 6’ wide. Over 18,000 cubic yards of concrete were placed within the project.

The inadequate storm drain system and aging infrastructure were updated, including installation of up to 66” diameter storm drain that had to be placed up to 20’ deep in some sections. The project also included signalization and roadway lighting; fiber optic cable, splicing and terminating; CCTV installation; traffic count station installation; signing and striping; garden walls, retaining walls and landscaping. The 18-month project was completed on time and under the City’s budget.


Amador Avenue Improvements

City of Las Cruces
Location of Project:Las Cruces,NM
Contract Amount: $2,290,038.67

Amador Avenueis a main thoroughfare for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic for businesses and residences, in addition to regularly scheduled train crossings. This four lane road was reduced to two lane traffic on many occasions for the paving and utility work being performed. A pedestrian refuge island was built to accommodate those trying to access the Community of Hope and area businesses. Sidewalks, drive pads and drop inlets were removed and replaced as necessary and rebuilt in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act compliance.

This Project scope involved the removal and replacement of over 13,000 SF of sidewalk, drive pads and valley gutters, approximately 2,000 LF of concrete curb and gutter, and over 22,000 SY of asphalt paving.  The rehabilitation of utilities included approximately 4,000 LF of high and low pressure gas lines and services in addition to 3,900 LF of new water line, valves and hydrants, and approximately 1,000 LF of SDR-35 sewer line, with 5 new manholes, and new inlet grates.

AUI worked closely with businesses and residents utilizing the city and our own door hangers to notify anyone that could be directly affected during this project. At times when traffic needed to be diverted away from the project site, the flow was sent through less inhabited residential areas so as to not create a heavy flow of traffic into more highly developed residential areas. The safety of both AUI employees and local residents was key, as traffic control measures were revisited regularly to assure that both vehicles and pedestrians were kept a safe distance from any area of construction in addition to the walking paths that were created for pedestrians while sidewalks were being replaced.

Angel Fire PID 2007- Roadway and Infrastructure Improvements

Angel Fire PID (Owner)
Location of Project: Angel Fire, NM
Contract Amount: $24,541,188.31

AUI’s work in Angel Fire, NM on the Angel Fire PID 2007 – Roadway and Infrastructure Improvements Project was a Design-Build Project. The overall scope of this design/build contract could be broken into two categories:  (1) Roadway improvements, and (2) utility infrastructure improvements.  Due to sub-phasing tied to project funding, this was a multi-year contract spanning from 2009 through anticipated completion in 2012.  Roadway construction (approx. 18.5 miles) included widening, grading, bank stabilization and surfacing in addition to trenching of approximately 291,000 LF for electrical and telephone lines. The site utilities scope of work included approximately 98,100LF of C-900 waterline (82,72LF of 8” and 15,380LF of 6” respectively) in addition to 2,700LF of 4” DI pipe. This project also included placing approximately 38,590LF of 8” SDR 35 PVC sanitary sewer pipe.  AUI was also contracted to include two water storage tanks; a booster station; gravity collection lines and service stub outs in addition to three lift stations.

In consideration of the project location, AUI completed this project in phases that correlated with seasonal changes to ensure a safe working environment and a quality end product.

Camino De La Placita Phase II, TT91-119, BID NO. 02-03-10; MAP-6005(900)00 CN 9582

Town of Taos
Location:  Taos, NM
Contract Price:  $1,634,147.64

The jobsite was located on Camino de la Placita, which is a main thoroughfare bypass for the Plaza area and is a combination arterial/residential collector street. AUI’s contracted scope of work included reconstruction of Camino de la Placita to include new roadway (subgrade prep, base course, pavement fabric, asphalt pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalk, handicapped ramps, drive pads), installation of new water, sewer, and storm sewer lines, manholes, drainage structures, fencing, removal and replacement of CMU walls, signalization, and traffic control.
The biggest challenge AUI faced while constructing this project was impact planning in order to minimize the effect on tourist-based businesses.  The AUI project team worked closely with the Town of Taos project representatives and the owners of businesses affected by the construction activity to schedule roadway, curbside parking, and sidewalk impacts so that business access was maintained for local and tourist traffic.
By being reasonable, cooperative, and working well with the owner’s representatives, AUI met the Town of Taos’s expectations on this project. AUI responded to the project site restrictions and existing site conditions resulting in a project completed within the time expected by the owner.

Unser Boulevard Improvements, Sage to Central

City of Albuquerque
Location of Project: Albuquerque, NM
Contract Amount: $4,055,827.00

AUI contracted with the City of Albuquerque for the construction of this urban roadway project.  Primarily the original scope of work called for the modification of the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway.  However early on, the City realized a design reconfiguration was necessary to accommodate the Unser Crossing Development retail center.
The change included additional traffic lanes and intersection geometry on Unser Boulevard from Town Road to San Ygnacio and from Bridge Boulevard to Central Avenue.  This redesign and added scope accounted for an increase in contract amount and duration. The unique technical challenges presented by this project were the extensive use of vacuum excavation for exploration of subsurface conditions of proposed waterline path and for successful location and protection of existing utilities and the boring of a 24” by 80’ steel casing across Unser Boulevard at Central. AUI worked diligently to assure pedestrian and vehicular traffic concerns for congested highly developed downtown area were mitigated while coordinating with other projects and residents of surrounding community. AUI met the owner-approved contract completion date.

2009 Spruce Street Arra Improvements

PROJECT NO. SST-4331(200), CNG2S7541, ECO-4331(1)
City of Deming
Location of Project: Deming, NM
Contract Amount: $ 2,099,198.03

AUI was contracted by the City of Deming for the removal the existing concrete roadway that had originally been placed around the 1930 – 1940 timeframe.  The scope involved replacing this concrete roadway with approximately 33,000SY of SPIII and SPIV. AUI also placed new curb and gutter, poured new driveways and sidewalks and ensured that Spruce Street is now ADA compliant by installing new detectable warning surfaces at appropriate intersections. AUI worked closely with the City of Deming and kept residents and business owners updated to ensure that business access and residential traffic flow was minimally interrupted

One of the challenges that AUI faced on this project dealt with were the City of Deming mandated work zones.  AUI was limited to two block sections on either side of Gold Street which created some difficulty in maintaining a consistent flow of work and efficient utilization of our crews. Another challenge involved the unusual rainfall amounts which interfered with our schedule and production, even so, the positive relationship between AUI and the City of Deming allowed for adjustments to be made in an effort to assure quality of work and materials.  AUI felt that the project was a success on many levels as our relationship with the City of Deming, its residents stayed positive throughout this project. AUI has received many compliments from the residents in regards to having nice sidewalks and smooth roadway surface, the City has also been very complimentary in referencing our Management team and crews.

Project News

AUI Breaks Ground on Largest Project in Company History

Rio Bravo Groundbreaking

July 31, 2017–

The NMDOT held a groundbreaking ceremony for the I-25/Rio Bravo Interchange Project today, and construction is scheduled to begin on August 8th.

The $50M project is the largest in AUI’s 36-year history.
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Employee News

Deluca Presented with Albuquerque Good Samaritan Award

Photo of Mayor Richard Berry presenting Good Samaritan Award to Anthony Deluca.

September 1, 2017–

Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized Anthony Deluca as this week’s Good Samaritan for helping a man who was blind cross a busy intersection. Deluca is an employee of AUI, Inc., a contractor for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project. Read more…