Jefferson County expects to have a conceptual design by the end of September for widening and improving Highway 73 between Buffalo Park Road and Plettner Lane in Evergreen.
The design will widen a half-mile of the road to include a center left-turn lane, a southbound bike lane on the west side and a shared-use path on the east side. It will also provide four parking lots: angled parking across from the church, parallel parking in front of the church, angle parking across from Evergreen Fire/Rescue Station 1 and parallel parking south of the Highway 73/74 intersection.
The county has federal funding for the project, with construction expected to start in the summer of 2022 and taking about a year to complete.
Durian has said the underlying reason for improving the highway is to better facilitate evacuations in an emergency, with the Elephant Butte Fire being a prime example.