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From left, county employees David Padilla, Devin Killoy, Sef Houston and Earnest Archuleta lean on equipment Monday and talk while Ivan P. Trujillo, county engineering service manager, gives a presentation on the Northeast/Southeast Connector Roads Project near the Spur Trail Trailhead.

Santa Fe County is starting the construction phase of a more than $20 million infrastructure project 20 years in the making, which aims to provide better access to Santa Fe Community College and accommodate future growth south of the city.

Dozens of residents, county staff members and officials gathered Monday afternoon in a tent at the Spur Trailhead for a celebration kicking off construction of what has been called the Northeast/Southeast Connector Roads Project.

The project includes nearly 4 miles of new road and six roundabouts, with waterlines and broadband cables buried throughout. Bike lanes alongside the roads and separate, paved trails will be constructed along with the connector routes.

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Susan Coulter, center, and others look Monday at the maps of the proposed roads and trails for the Northeast/Southeast Connector Roads Project during its groundbreaking ceremony. Coulter lives downtown but said she often cycles in the area. “The idea that you will be able to go around the whole thing and that they planned for cyclists and hikers is fantastic,” she said.

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