The Directorate of Public Works is working to restore the old housing area to as close to its natural state as possible by removing paved roads, sidewalks, curve and gutters and utility poles that serve no purpose.
John Esqueda, Chief of the Engineering Design Branch with DPW, said the current pathway on Viking Street that runs from White Sands School to the Middle School and Teen Center in Building 1318 will remain to allow students to walk from the school to the center.
In addition, the contractor will build a pedestrian bridge that will go over the large drainage swale in front of Building 1318 to allow children to safely cross over.
Esqueda noted that vehicles will no longer be able to travel along these roads.
The contractor will also repave Aerobee Avenue and realign it to allow travel from Ripley Street to Aberdeen Avenue.
A special provision has been made for the Bataan Memorial Death March to allow campers access to the area off the south side of Aerobee Avenue so that vehicles can drive in and out of that area.
Geri Bustos, recreation specialist at Outdoor Recreation, said the overflow dry camping area north of the MST building is going to be well marked for Bataan participants.
Bustos said all camp sites with water and electrical connections are already taken for Bataan.
Overflow dry camping, which means there are no water or electrical connections, is available free of charge on a first come first serve basis. Port-a-potties will be available in those areas. For more information on camping during Bataan call (575)678-1713.
All the interior demolition work and the construction of sidewalks and curb and gutter will be done along Rock Island in time for Bataan. The remaining repaving and sidewalks will be done after Bataan.