CONE ZONE: Road Construction Week of June 18


Public Works Projects:

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
Canyon Road between East Road (N.M. 502) 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 is also working 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 to allow for work on the west side of 15th Street. Pedestrians will be detoured around the construction area. Access to area businesses will be maintained.
4th Street between Central and Canyon continues to be closed to through traffic. Residential access will be maintained.
Night work on Central Avenue, associated with the new Municipal Building, between 15th Street and 9th Street continues requiring the full closure of this section of Central. Closure will be effective between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings through Friday mornings ending at 6 a.m. This work also closes Knecht Street to through traffic at Central Avenue (access to the banks will be maintained). Night work is expected to be completed this week.
This night work will require rotating day time and night time detours.
Day time Detour (6 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week until work on 15th Street is complete): The 15th Street detour will be Knecht Street; other alternatives motorists may want to consider are 20th Street or Oppenheimer.
Night time Detour (6 p.m. – 6 a.m.; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights): The 15th Street detour will be 20th Street as Knecht will be closed to through traffic at Central Avenue; another alternative motorists may want to consider is Oppenheimer.
Detour signs will be posted; however, use caution as switching the traffic control between day and night set ups may cause some confusion during the switch.
The night work on Central Avenue is expected to be complete on or before June 22.
The work on 15th Street is expected to be complete on or before July 28.
NM4 Improvements Project
Traffic continues to be on the south side of N.M. 4 between Rover Boulevard and Grand Canyon/Pajarito Road. Speed limit within the construction area is 30 mph. Expect modifications to the work zone as the contractor progresses from intersection to intersection. Drive defensively and watch for construction vehicles.
East Park Parking Lot Paving
County Pavement crews continue to work on paving the East Park parking lot this week. Paving activities will require the park and parking lot to be closed from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily through Friday, June 22. The East Park pavilion cannot be reserved for events on weekdays, but will be available for use on the weekends. Temporary access will be provided to the dog park and La Mesa Trail from the Sombrillo parking lot. Park and trail users are asked to use caution in the area during paving operations.
Dept. of Public Utilities’ Projects:
Visit or for continuing updates about the projects listed below. Or contact the DPU at 311 or 662-8333 or for further information.
East Rd Gas Replacement & Reinforcement Project
Construction continues on south shoulder of East Road N.M. 502 starting just east of Airport Road continuing west to Arroyo Lane. Construction will continue untill the end of October.
Upper Pueblo Canyon Sewer Maintenance Road
The road is closed west of the Sewer Plant entrance until the second week in July. Please use the lower Pueblo Canyon Road as the alternate route.
Venado & El Conejo Sewer Line Replacement
This area of Barranca Mesa may have some traffic disruption from construction vehicle ingress and egress when the project begins next week. Construction will take place off street, however, portions of the street will be used for temporary day-time construction staging and equipment movement.
Other Resources:
Construction updates are posted at 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 every Friday afternoon – just visit the “Newsletters” link on the home page and click on “The Cone Zone” subscribe box. Project updates are also available via newsletter subscription on the same page – sign up to receive news about projects that are of interest to you.
For more information about the projects listed above, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at
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