CONE ZONE: Road Construction Update for Week of July 23

Public Works Projects:
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at
Pavement Preservation Program
Crews will be working to finish on Donna, and then moving to Aragon west of Rover, and Azure. Flyers will be distributed 48 hours in advance of work beginning in the immediate area. Once construction gets to your area, please ensure that all vehicles are parked off-street. Expect flagging operations, minor delays, and typical construction activity.
Other White Rock streets included in this year’s program include Canada Way, Barcelona, Rover from Carlsbad to Grand Canyon, and possibly Shirlane. In Los Alamos – Range Road and North Mesa Road from Hawk Drive to just east of the Posse Lodge. If you live on any of these streets, please watch for your 48 hour notice.
Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
Canyon Rd between East Road (NM502) and the Myrtle Green continues to be closed to through traffic. Residential access to this area will be maintained; however, residents who park on Canyon Road are asked to park off-street or on a nearby side street. Residents can expect flagging operations on Canyon Road during the day time, and two-way traffic at night. Minor delays may be experienced. Pedestrians must use the provided pedestrian detours. All through traffic must seek alternate routes.
RMCI continues to work on 15th Street, requiring the closure of 15th Street between Trinity and Deacon, as well as reducing traffic between Deacon and Central to two lanes of traffic.
Pedestrians will be detoured around the construction area. Access to area businesses will be maintained. The 15th Street detour will be Knecht Street; other alternatives motorists may
want to consider are 20th Street or Oppenheimer. Flagging operations on 15th near Central and Deacon will continue as needed in order to allow equipment to access the work area.
The work on 15th Street is expected to be complete on or before July 28 with paving tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 25th.
4th Street between Central and Canyon continues to be closed to through traffic. Residential access will be maintained.
NM4 Improvements Project
Motorists can expect a relatively open roadway this week with barrels or temporary tabs marking driving lanes. Permanent striping and roadway markings will be placed the week of July 30. As the contractor works to finish up any remaining median or shoulder work, intermittent lane closures can be expected. The speed limit within the construction area is 30 mph. Please drive defensively and watch for construction vehicles.
Capital Projects & Facilities Projects:
For more information about the project listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8112, or visit the “Projects” link at
Central Avenue & 9th Street (Associated with Municipal Complex Construction)
In order to complete the final stages of utility water line work and installation of curb, gutter, drive pads, ramps and sidewalks associated with the new Municipal Complex, the Contractor has closed westbound Central Avenue from 9th Street to the new construction site entrances near Knecht Street. Westbound traffic on Central will be detoured onto 9th Street – north to Iris, then west to 15th Street. The southbound lane of 9th Street will be intermittently closed between Iris and Central for curb, paving, utility adjustments and concrete work. Traffic delays should be minimal. Construction is expected to occur over the next two weeks.
NMDOT Chip Seal Project on NM4 between White Rock and Sandoval County Line
Bicyclists riding in the vicinity of NM 4 and NM 501 are urged to use extra caution during chip seal work being done by the NM Department of Transportation. The chip seal project began July 12 and should be completed by the end of July, weather permitting. There may be delays between the hours of 5:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as well as single lane closures with a flagging operation and pilot car escort. A spokesman for NMDOT said bicycling through the work zone is “highly discouraged” due to the oily surface, loose gravel, and heavy truck traffic. For more information, contact NMDOT-District 5 Maintenance Supervisor David Martinez at (505) 476-4202 or Patricia Wolff, Public Information Officer at (505) 476-4245.
West Road Closed Due to Potential Flooding
Because of possible flooding upstream of West Road, LANL and Los Alamos County have closed West Road to vehicle traffic. This road closure is expected to extend several weeks until the end of the summer monsoon season. Residents who live in Western Area still have access to Fairway via Diamond Drive. Access to Pajarito Mountain is unimpeded from Camp May Road off of West Jemez Road (NM 501).


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