Road Construction Update:
Week of May 3, 2021
The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Public Works staff through contractors. For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects/Public Works” link at http://www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.
Public Works Projects:
Canyon Rim Trail Underpass
AUI, Inc. of Albuquerque will continue work to construct the Canyon Rim Trail Underpass.
Shoulder closures will remain east and west bound on NM502. On Monday, May 3, crews will begin grading on the south side of NM 502 for installation of asphalt that will be used as a detour for the project.
Due to the amount of construction activity that includes trenching, excavation and utility relocation near the trailhead, the trailhead parking lot and a 100 ft. section of the trail near the trailhead will be closed for safety. During this week’s construction, crews will be working along the westbound and eastbound shoulders of NM 502 to clear and remove vegetation, but no vehicular travel lanes will be impacted at this time. AUI will be hauling excess material from project site to a site off DP Road. They will be using end dump trucks to haul excess material. Traffic signs and devices will be installed. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians and are advised to stay alert for construction personnel and equipment and use caution traveling through the work zone.
The project includes extension of the 10 ft. wide hard surface trail connecting the terminus of the Canyon Rim Trail and existing trailhead to Entrada Drive beneath NM 502 via a reinforced concrete box structure.
ADA improvements along Trinity Drive from Oppenheimer to 39th Street
Crews with GM Emulsion will be working on the east bound right shoulder on Trinity Drive starting at 35th Street, continuing east to Canyon View.
Work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Traffic signs and devices will shift vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic around the work zones. Access to residents and businesses as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians and are advised to stay alert for construction personnel and equipment and use caution traveling through the work zone.
North Mesa Roadway and Utilities Improvement Project (Casa de Oro)
TLC Plumbing and Utility will begin construction activities on Monday, May 3. The contractor will be starting work on Alamo Rd, Capulin Rd, Tsankawi St, Oro Ct, Tsankawi Ct, Cedro Ct, and Big Rock Loop South. The contractor will begin with mobilization and construction staking. Work Hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Traffic signs and devices will shift vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic around work zones. Access to residents as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, school bus routes, trash and recycling collection will be maintained. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are advised to be alert for construction personnel and equipment and use caution traveling through the work zone.
Leisure Lagoon (addition to the Aquatic Ctr)
Starting May 3, Canyon Road will be closed from the Nature Center to the Central intersection. This closure is to accommodate the relocation of a water line. The closure will remain through May 14. The driveway access to the parking lot of United Church will remain open.
Traffic & Streets Division Projects:
The projects listed in this section are being conducted by County Traffic & Streets crews. For more information, please e-mail email@example.com, contact Juan Rael, Traffic and Streets Manager at 505-662-8113. Please slow down and use caution within the work zones. Please note the below information may change due to weather or other delays.
Central and 15th Street
Crews will be eradicating the county logo at the intersection of Central and 15th beginning Thursday, May 6th at 9 p.m. and completing the work by 5:00 a.m. Friday, May 7th. The intersection will be closed. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic will be detoured at Knecht and 20th Streets.
Aragon and Grand Canyon
Crews will be removing and repaving the entire intersection at Aragon and Grand Canyon. A flagging operation will be in place starting Wednesday and ending Friday at 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
39th Street and Trinity Drive
Crews will be repairing sections of asphalt near 39th Street on Trinity Drive. There will be a flagging operation in place. Crews will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end daily by 3:30 p.m. beginning Monday, May 3rd. Weather permitting, the project should not take more than two days.
Justice Center and Library Overflow Parking Lots Pavement Preservation Project
Crews with GM Emulsion will be continuing the pavement preservation at the Overflow Parking Lot (former Farmer’s Market location) and the Justice Center. Both parking lots will be closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic during this project. Work includes crack sealing the lot, followed by a sealing coat and then striping of parking spaces. The public should not park in the lots until after May 6.
Canyon Rd and Central Ave. Pavement Preservation
Traffic & Streets Division and GM Emulsion crews are performing pavement preservation along Canyon Rd, from 15th Street to Diamond Dr., and Central Ave from Oppenheimer to Canyon Rd. Work hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This work will occur on days when the weather and temperature are favorable. A flagging operation will be used.
The following road construction updates are posted below in the interest of keeping residents informed, but are being managed or conducted by others. Please obey all traffic devices and slow down in work zones. Please direct questions or concerns to the project contact listed below:
NM502 Roundabout (State DOT, Star Paving)
Traffic Alert! Work on and Near DP Rd at Trinity– Beginning Monday, May 3rd, Star Paving will be conducting work at the intersection of Trinity Drive and DP Rd. This work will entail construction of a valley gutter across DP Rd, and it will require the east and west bound lanes to be closed one at a time to allow the concrete to cure. Star Paving anticipates this work will require two days to complete. Nearby, a separate project for Bethel’s new development requires work will occur on DP Rd just east of the Trail Crossing to install the final storm drainage manhole. Traffic control crews will coordinate between the two work zones to keep traffic entering and exiting DP Rd moving, but motorists may expect delays when the two projects overlap on Monday and Tuesday.
Lane shift coming soon: In approximately two weeks, traffic east of the roundabout will be once again shifted from the north side back to the south side of NM 502 as crews begin the final stages of the project on the north side. The traveling public is advised to exercise caution while traveling through this area.
Canyon Road remains closed at First Street and the intersect of W. Manhattan Loop and Canyon Road. Access to the affected residence will be accommodated accordingly. This closure is necessary to complete the new alignments of Canyon Road and Manhattan Loop.
Arroyo Lane is required to access NM 502 on the north side with east and west bound traffic. A STOP sign is in place at that junction with NM 502. Those motorists are encouraged to pay attention to the traffic control signage.
Motorists are reminded the posted speed limit through the project is 25 MPH.
R and M Construction – 1010 Central Ave., Sidewalk Closure
Sidewalk access on the north side of Central Ave from 1000 Central Ave. to the entrance to the Bradbury Museum complex is closed to pedestrian traffic through May 30. Pedestrian traffic is detoured to the south side of Central Ave at Knecht Street and then detoured at the intersection of Central Ave and 15th to the north side of Central Ave. Contact: Robert Sanchez 505-927-2027.
Marcon Excavating – Arkansas Ave Road Utility Infrastructure Replacement
Arkansas Ave between Diamond Dr. and 41st Street continues to be closed to through traffic until May 17 while crews replace existing water and sewer lines and connect to County infrastructure for Arkansas Place and the new townhomes being constructed. Contact: Kris Luster 505-690-0587.
DP Rd (Work related to Canyon Walk Apts and The Bluffs – Bethel Development)
Qualcon Builders, LLC – 120 DP Road Utility Infrastructure Replacement and Roadway Reconstruction
Next week, trenching activities for the storm drain installation will be completed with the installation of the final manhole. Roadway reconstruction activities will commence with roadway grading and curb & gutter construction. These activities will impact DP Road from Trinity Drive to Fire Station #2 with segments of the roadway restricted to one-lane traffic controlled by a flagged/signaled system. One-lane traffic restrictions will occur only during hours of construction potentially from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. Access to businesses in this area will be maintained during these activities.
The contractor is working in the right-of-way to replace existing utilities with upgraded services related to the new Canyon Walk Apartments (under construction) and The Bluffs senior housing (soon to be constructed). The roadway reconstruction includes installation of curb and gutter, sidewalks and paving of the roadway. All construction activities related to the reconstruction of DP Road are currently expected to be substantially completed by the end of May. Contact: Please direct questions and concerns to the Public Works Liaison for this project: Keith Wilson, 505-231-3961
Construction updates are posted at www.losalamosnm.us each Friday explaining traffic control to be expected for the following week – link to News/The Cone Zone. Or, subscribe to The Cone Zone newsletter and receive automatic traffic updates via e-mail each week – just visit the “Newsletters” link on the home page and click on “The Cone Zone” subscribe box.