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Navajo President Shelly meets with N.M. Secretary Dominguez on U.S. Highway 491 project
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SANTA FE, N.M. - Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly stressed continuing a state and Navajo Nation partnership to finish a U.S. Highway 491 road project during a meeting with New Mexico Department of Transportation Cabinet Secretary Alvin Dominguez Dec. 4.

"The partnership we have with the State of New Mexico in completing the project of U.S. 491 is essential. We need to keep at these partnerships for the benefit of the people," Shelly said during a construction update meeting. U.S. Highway 491 is a major roadway from Interstate 40 to the Four Corners region.

The State of New Mexico recently allocated $13 million for completion of a four-mile portion of the highway. Construction is slated to start along the corridor from milepost 41.8 to 46 beginning in December and is scheduled to be complete in May 2014.

Construction on U.S. Highway 491 began in December 2009 and is a continuing project.

"The construction of highway employs Navajo workers. It creates jobs but most of all it is for the safety of the travelers. Extending to a four lane highway rather than two is much safer," Shelly said.

The hour-long meeting took place at the New Mexico Department of Transportation general office.

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