COUNTY NEWS RELEASE
Road Construction Update: Week of September 27, 2021
Public Works Projects:
The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Public Works staff through contractors. For more information, please e-mail email@example.com, 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.
Canyon Rim Trail Underpass
The current highway detour will be shifted to the north side of NM502 allowing the contractor to work on the south side of the road installing precast concrete boxes and retaining walls.
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. AUI will be hauling excess material from project site to a site off DP Road. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians 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 continues road and utility improvements on Alamo Rd, Capulin Rd, Tsankawi St, Oro Ct, Tsankawi Ct, Cedro Ct, and Big Rock Loop South. Utility work will continue on Alamo Rd, Capulin Rd and Tsankawi St. Residents will be receiving new water and gas service line connections and installation of new water cans. Department of Public Utilities staff will notify of any short time outages. Concrete work will continue throughout the project. Grading of Alamo Rd will commence next week. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – 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.)
The bike lane along Canyon Rd adjacent to the construction area remains closed pending repaving. Bicyclists are encouraged to ride in the driving lane as the material in the bike lane is soft. The sidewalk is open from the Nature Center to the back drive of the Aquatic Center. From there, pedestrians can walk in the bike lane area between the traffic control devices and construction fence.
The public is also reminded that the “back driveway” to the Aquatic Center is closed to the public due to construction. Please do not use this area to access the trail. Please use the trail entrance at the Nature Center to then travel behind the Aquatic Center.
Traffic & Streets Division Projects:
The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Traffic & Streets Division staff. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.
Rover Blvd. Concrete Work
Crews will be replacing drive pads and sidewalks starting Monday and continuing through October 1. Work locations will be at 204 and 208 Rover Blvd along with sidewalks from 202 to 206 Rover Blvd. Sidewalks will be closed to pedestrian traffic in these locations. Crews will divert traffic to alternate locations to help pedestrian traffic avoid the construction zone. Please follow all signage. Work will begin at 8 a.m. and end by 3 p.m. daily.
Countywide Curb and Parking Lot Striping
Accu-stripe, a county procured vendor, will be painting curbs and striping county owned parking lots. Work will begin Monday and continue until completed. Please watch for crews as they set up traffic control devices intermittently around the county during this project. Work will begin at 8 a.m. and end by 5 p.m. daily.
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 slowdown in work zones.
Los Alamos Canyon (Omega) Bridge Repairs (LANL):
Work on the Omega Bridge has moved to the east side of the bridge. The crew will work this Saturday. Crews are repairing, replacing and repainting the railings. Some work will continue during working hours on the west side. The pedestrian access still will be unavailable during working hours. Access will open back up at the end of the workday.
To avoid congestion and delays, consider using Atomic City Transit as a bus option to cross the bridge. Check out the Route 1 (downtown circulator bus) schedule here:
Motorists are reminded to slow down in the construction area; the speed limit is 15 mph. Allow extra time for your commute during peak travel times in the morning and evening.
Pajarito Road, TA 03-1402 garage closed Sept. 24-26 (LANL):
Pajarito Rd will be closed at West Jemez Rd this weekend. The TA 03-1402 parking garage will also be closed over the weekend to update the parking notification system.
Bikini Atoll Drive (LANL):
Follow the pedestrian access path along Bikini Atoll Dr, starting today. The Utilities and Infrastructure Division is repairing a steam line next to the sidewalk for the next two weeks. Barricading and detour signs are in place.
Dulce Road (LANL):
Dulce Rd will be closed from Thursday through Sunday.
Tunnel Work Under Diamond Drive (LANL):
Diamond Dr is closed to through traffic between Embudo and Eniwetok until early October. Improvements include removing the old pedestrian tunnel and adding a new tunnel that will improve crossing underneath the street, accessibility and lighting, and allow for easier cleaning of the tunnel.
Access to Pajarito Rd is available via a detour through Bikini Rd. Access to buildings on the west side of Diamond Dr remains the same. On the east side, parking lots can be accessed near Eniwetok. Parking areas near Grable Rd also remains open. For access to Utilities and the steam plant, please use Grable Rd. TA-03 parking lots aren’t affected.
San Ildefonso Rd Fiber Installation Project
Sunrise Utilities will be installing conduit for new fiber for cable service at the intersection of San Ildefonso Rd and Camino Durasnilla. Work began on Friday and will continue through September 29. Work will begin at 8 a.m. and end by 5:30 p.m. daily. Questions or concerns for this project should be directed to Sunrise Utilities at 505-362-8389.
DP Rd (Work related to Canyon Walk Apts and The Bluffs – Bethel Development) Qualcon Builders, LLC – 120 DP Rd Utility Infrastructure Replacement and Roadway Reconstruction
The majority of the Roadway construction activities have now been completed. Next week, work will include construction of remaining sidewalk sections, and clean up and grading along the sides of the roadway. These activities will impact DP Rd from Trinity Dr to Fire Station #2 with segments of the roadway periodically restricted to one-lane traffic controlled by a flagger. One-lane traffic restrictions will occur only during hours of construction potentially from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
The contractor work on DP Rd is 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 now expected to be completed by the middle of October.