The county commission agreed Tuesday to accept bids and award contracts for two bicycle paths for Rio Communities. The 11-mile Rio del Oro Bike Path will begin along the Manzano Expressway.

The path will eventually be built near Las Maravillas, University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus, Pasitos del Cielo, Tomé Elementary School, Manzano Vista Middle School and Veterans Memorial Park.

Funds are from the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department, Federal Highway Admistra-tion enhancement funds and the Valley Improvement Association.

The Greenways Bike Path, a 15-mile trail, will eventually go from Tomé Hill Park, past Desert View Intermediate School, the Career Academy and Century High School, ending at a National Forest Service access point.

The $98,800 in funding for Phase 1 is from the Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Fed-eral Highway Administra-tion enhancement funds and the VIA.

The county is “the sponsor, lead agent and fiscal agent” for both projects.

Jacqueline Guilbault, of the VIA, thanked the commission for its support of the project, which has been ongoing for the past 10 years.

These will be the county’s first bicycle paths, Guilbault said.

Commissioners approved low bids on the construction of the pathways.

Meanwhile, the commission also agreed to table a request to adopt an extension on the moratorium on subdivisions because Planning and Zoning Administrator Ruben Chavez was unable to attend the meeting.

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