Central Avenue Improvements Project Underway

The eastbound lane is closed on Central Avenue as the Central Avenue Improvements Project gets underway with trees removed overnight and roadwork beginning this morning. Courtesy/LAC

Work is underway on the Central Avenue Improvements Project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Central Avenue Improvements Project is underway. The design elements included in this project have been vetted with the public through a public meeting held Feb. 26 at Fuller Lodge, at the March 6 Transportation Board meeting, an additional public meeting March 11, at the April 3 Transportation Board meeting, and through presentations to MainStreet Futures Committee, Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board and the Creative District Board.

This project was bid with a Base Bid and an Additive Alternate. The Base Bid addresses Central Avenue from 15th Street west to just before Oppenheimer Drive (Central). The Additive Alternate addresses the Central and Oppenheimer intersection as well as Oppenheimer Drive from Trinity Drive to the library parking lot entrances (Oppenheimer). An associated MainStreet grant approved by Council June 25, 2013, and executed by the County Administrator March 25, 2014, provides for additional improvements to Central for Streetscape items.  

The scope for both areas includes minor utility improvements; new curb and gutter; storm drain improvements; asphalt mill and overlay; and, streetscape improvements, including pedestrian and roadway lighting, hardscaping and landscaping. The MainStreet Grant associated with Central specifically includes refurbished light poles with LED fixtures, new light poles, benches, bike racks, and trash and recycling receptacles.

The improvements to Oppenheimer also includes minor utility improvements; new curb and gutter; storm drain improvements; asphalt mill and overlay; and, streetscape improvements, including pedestrian and roadway lighting, hardscaping and landscaping, as well as the realignment of the Oppenheimer/Central intersection, the addition of pedestrian safety features, and new parking along the west side of Oppenheimer.

Trees and shrubs are removed and some will be transplanted elsewhere as part of the Central Avenue Improvements Project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Trees are removed along the side of the LANL Community Programs Office as part of the Central Avenue Improvements Project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Central Avenue Improvements Project rendering. Courtesy/LAC

Central Avenue Improvements Project budget. Courtesy/LAC

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