County: Cone Zone – Week Of Aug. 1

Check out the Cone Zone for next week, including updates on projects like Canyon Road Reconstruction and Sherwood Blvd, as well as an oversized load headed through the townsite! Photo by Vint Miller/LAC

Road Construction Update: Week of August 1, 2022
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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, call (505)662-8150, or visit the “Projects/Public Works” link at 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 Rd Reconstruction 

TLC Plumbing and Utility, under contract with the Los Alamos County Public Works Department, has begun Phase 1 of the three-phase road and utility construction project on Central Ave and Canyon Rd. Traffic delays are expected. 

Phase 1 starts at Central Ave and Rose St and continues to the western driveway of the Aquatic Center. This segment of work is anticipated to be completed by August 8. The staff back driveway of Los Alamos High School is scheduled to reopen Tuesday August 2. The driveway is being removed and replaced. Crews will also be working on the sewer main line north of Los Alamos High School’s practice field. 

Phase 2 will start at Canyon Rd at the Aquatic Center western driveway and continue to 39th St. This work is scheduled between September 8 and October 1. 

Phase 3 is scheduled to begin October 1 and will include the section of Canyon between the Aquatic Center and the Nature Center. Completion of all three phases of the project is scheduled for the end of November 2022.

The Aquatic Center, Canyon Village Apartments, and IHM Catholic Church can be accessed on Canyon Rd traveling east from Diamond Dr. Officials with Public Works ask motorists to please follow detour signs. 

The intersection at Central and Rose, as well as the intersection at Central and Canyon are closed to through traffic. To access to the United Church, Nature Center and Jewish Center, motorists should use Rose and Canyon westward from 15th St. 

Sidewalk closures are posted with detour signage to keep pedestrians clear of the work zone. 

According to the Traffic and Streets Division, crews will be adjusting the timing sequence of the traffic signals along Diamond to help with traffic flow patterns. Additionally, Atomic City Transit and Park and Ride staff have adjusted bus routes accordingly. Services such as mail delivery, trash and recycling collection, and emergency services will be maintained. 

Construction hours are Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. To stay on-schedule and avoid weather delays, crews will have an earlier start time. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to use caution around construction activities, avoid entering the work zone and obey all work zone signage. Motorists are asked to utilize Trinity Drive as much as possible as the main thoroughfare between neighborhoods and the downtown area.  

The Tennis Courts located on Canyon will be closed during the project, as it is being utilized as an equipment staging area for the duration of the project.

Public Works officials thank the community in advance for their continued cooperation and patience. Please call or email the Public Works Department at (505) 662-8150 or with questions or concerns.

Sherwood Blvd and Aztec Ave 

Crews with Star Paving Company will continue road and drainage improvements on Sherwood Blvd between Piedra Loop and Aztec Ave.   

Sherwood will be closed to Grand Canyon Dr for all through traffic prior to the intersection of Aztec. Residents on Sherwood will be required to enter and exit Sherwood from Grand Canyon. This closure is necessary to facilitate installation of new storm drainpipe.

Closure for this first phase of work will continue through the middle of August. Closure for the next phase of roadwork from Longview Dr to Aztec has begun. The final phase will be Piedra Loop to Grand Canyon and is scheduled for late August 2022.  

Traffic devices and detour signs are in place to help motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians navigate around the work zone.  

Vehicle access is limited to those who reside in the immediate work area and mail delivery, emergency services, trash, and recycling collection. For safety of the traveling public, residents are asked not to remove or relocate traffic control devices, signs, and barricades. Area residents who may have special access needs are asked to contact the Public Works Department.

Work schedules are subject to change pending weather conditions and any material shipping delays. Work Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.   

Please call or email the Public Works Department at (505) 662-8150 or with questions or concerns.   

Cumbres del Norte Road Improvements 

Star Paving crews continue removal operations of curb and gutter, sidewalks, and drive pads on Camino Medio, as well as from the intersection of Camino Redondo and San Ildefonso Dr heading south for approximately 2,500 feet. The Contractor will also be cold milling asphalt and grading subgrade and basecourse from where Camino Redondo intersects itself, heading south for approximately 2,000 feet, as well as forming and placing sidewalk, curb & gutter, and drive pads throughout the described removal area. Expect contractor personnel and equipment within the area. Please use caution while traveling through the project work zone.

DP Road (Work related to Canyon Walk Apts and The Bluffs – Bethel Development)

A contractor working for Qualcon Builders will continue construction of the remaining sidewalk sections, replacement of broken curb and gutter, street light installation and clean up and grading along the sides of DP Rd. 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 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.  

This work on DP Rd is related to the Canyon Walk Apartments and The Bluffs senior housing (under construction). The roadway reconstruction includes installation of curb and gutter, sidewalks and paving of the roadway and the bulk of which was completed in the fall of 2021. All remaining construction activities related to the reconstruction of DP Rd are now expected to be completed by the end of August 2022 (weather permitting).

Traffic & Streets 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. Call Daniel Blea, Acting Traffic and Streets Manager for concerns, 505-663-8206.  

Vegetation Control on Sidewalks and Trails Leading to Schools

August 1-5 Streets crews will be doing vegetation management on sidewalks and trails that access all schools in Los Alamos. Pedestrians need to work with crews as they are walking along these areas. They will assist you along the work zone. 

School Flasher Preventive Maintenance

Traffic electricians will continue school flasher preventive maintenance at all schools through August 8. Work will begin at each site at 9:00 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m. The work will be primarily done on the shoulder of the roadway. Vehicle traffic may be temporarily interrupted, pedestrian traffic will not be impacted. 

School Zone Curb Painting and Crosswalk Striping Continues

Crews continue working on painting school zone curbs and will mostly be working on the shoulder. It is not anticipated that traffic or pedestrians will be impeded. Traffic is urged to slow down in all work zones and obey all traffic devices. 

Turn Lane Arrow Painting on State Road 4 in White Rock 

Crews continue installing turn lane arrows in White Rock on NM 4. Crews will set up a flagging operation and may intermittently shift lanes as needed. Vehicle traffic is urged to slow down in this location and follow all traffic control devices and flaggers.  

Non-County Projects:  

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.  

Modular Home Transport to Sycamore Street August 3 and 4

JR Theroux Mobile Home Service, Inc. will be transporting two halves of a modular home to Sycamore St beginning with the first half on Wednesday, August 3 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and followed by the second half on Thursday, August 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The frames will be transported back out of Los Alamos later those same days.

The first frame will be transported off the site and out of Los Alamos via Truck Route on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. The second frame will be transported on Thursday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m.

The route will begin at Omega Bridge (Los Alamos Canyon bridge) and head north on Diamond Dr to Trinity Dr. The transport will make a left on Trinity and head west to 48th St then Sandia Dr to the intersection of Sandia and Diamond. The transport will then make a left on Diamond and head north to Sycamore St and the destination. The frames will travel the same route in reverse. 

The contractor is asking residents who live along Trinity or Sycamore to avoid parking vehicles on the street those days. Vehicles should be parked off the streets in residents’ respective driveways, if possible, to clear a path for the oversized load to move along the route. Fliers will be posted in advance on vehicles and doors along the route.

For questions or concerns about this transport project, please contact Armond Theroux Jr. at 505-281-4847. 

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