As promised during a special public meeting last August, officials with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) began a planned renovation of Date Street earlier this week. The estimated $1.8 million project will include installation of sidewalks, ramps and other features, providing an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant pedestrian corridor from Third Avenue northward to H.R. Ashbaugh Street (WalMart intersection). The NMDOT project will install improvements to both sides of Date Street between Third and Ninth Avenue and will include expanded on-street parking in this area. The initiative will then continue improvements along the western side of Date Street northward to H.R. Ashbaugh Street. NMDOT officials expect to complete the initiative by August of this year and are encouraging motorists to exercise extra caution while passing through active construction zones. Further information about the project is available by contacting Aaron Chavarria through the NMDOT offices, located at 2912 East Pine Street in Deming, New Mexico, or by phoning (575) 544-6575. Chavarria may also be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.