Cone Zone: Week Of April 19, 2021

COUNTY News:

The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Public Works staff through contractors. For more information, email lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects/Public Works” link at www.losalamosnm.us.

Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Note: The below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.  

Public Works Projects: 

Canyon Rim Trail Underpass 

AUI, Inc. of Albuquerque will continue work to construct the Canyon Rim Trail Underpass. The project includes extension of the 10 ft. wide hard surface trail connecting the terminus of the Canyon Rim Trail and existing trailhead to Entrada Drive beneath N.M. 502 via a reinforced concrete box structure.  

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. During this week’s construction, crews will be working along the westbound and eastbound shoulders of N.M. 502 to clear and remove vegetation, but no vehicular travel lanes will be impacted at this time.

AUI will be hauling excess material from the project site to a site off DP Road. They will be using end dump trucks to haul excess material. Traffic signs and devices will be installed. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians and are advised to stay alert for construction personnel and equipment and use caution traveling through the work zone. 

ADA improvements along Trinity Drive from Oppenheimer to 39th Street 

Crews with GM Emulsion continue construction of pedestrian and ADA improvements along Trinity Drive from Oppenheimer to 39th Street. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Traffic signs and devices will shift vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic around the work zones. Access to residents and businesses as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.

Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians and are advised to stay alert for construction personnel and equipment and use caution traveling through the work zone.  

Kiddie Pool/ Multi-Generational Pool Construction (addition to Aquatic Center)

CGI will be hauling excess material from the project site to a site off DP Road. The shoulder is closed on the north side of Canyon Road next to the Aquatic Center. In addition, the sidewalk next to the Nature Center is closed on the north side of Canyon Road. These closures are expected to continue throughout construction, until the completion of the project in early 2022.    

Traffic & Streets Division Projects: 

The projects listed in this section are being conducted by County Traffic & Streets crews. For more information, email lacpw@lacnm.us, contact Juan Rael, Traffic and Streets  Manager at 505.662.8113. Please slow down and use caution within the work zones. Note: The below information may change due to weather or other delays.  

Aragon and Grand Canyon

Crews will be removing and repaving the entire intersection at Aragon and Grand Canyon. A flagging operation will be in place at 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. starting Wednesday and ending Friday.

Barranca Road

Crews will be doing asphalt patching on Barranca Road 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. There will be a flagging operation in place.

Central Avenue at 15th Street

Crews will be replacing traffic signal heads at all four locations within the intersection of Central Avenue and 15th Street. Crews will close the turn lane to access the signals as they move through each location.

Justice Center and Library Overflow Parking Lots

Street crews will be sweeping and clearing debris from the parking lots 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Tuesday in anticipation of asphalt preservation work that will begin Wednesday, April 21. The parking lots will be closed to both pedestrian and vehicle traffic while they sweep the parking lots.

Justice Center and Library Overflow Parking Lots Pavement Preservation Project

Crews with GM Emulsion will be performing pavement preservation at the Overflow Parking Lot (former Farmer’s Market location) starting Wednesday and then to the Justice Center April 26. Both parking lots will be closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic during this project.

Weather permitting, the project should end May 10. Crews will work 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Canyon Road and Central Avenue Pavement Preservation

Traffic & Streets Division crews are performing pavement preservation along Canyon Road, from 15th Street to Diamond Drive, and Central Avenue from Oppenheimer to Canyon Road. Work continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 19-21 and will occur on days when the weather and temperature are favorable. A flagging operation will be used.

Department of Public Utilities Projects:

The projects listed in this section are being managed by the County’s Department of Public Utilities staff through contractors. For more information, contact the Customer Care Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 505.662.8333 or email CustomerCare@lacnm.us

Planned Asphalt and Concrete Repairs – Various locations

GM Emulsion crews will continue repairs to emergency utility asphalt and concrete cuts that occurred during the winter. Crews will rotate to various locations throughout the Los Alamos and White Rock neighborhoods throughout the month of April. Some minor traffic delays are expected.

Traffic control equipment, such as signage, barrels and barricades will be erected around the work zones. Flagging operations may be deployed to assist with traffic flow. Crews will begin at 8 a.m. and work until 5 p.m. each day. Most locations slated for repairs are on residential streets and should not take more than two to three days. Traffic impacts should be minimal. Motorists are advised to use caution and pay close attention to signage around the work zone. 

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 slow down in work zones. Direct questions or concerns to the project contact listed below:

N.M. 502 Roundabout Project 

East bound traffic east of the roundabout is shifted to the north side of N.M. 502 and channeled back into the east bound lane in front of the Crossroads Church. This is necessary to demo and build the remaining south side of N.M. 502. Motorists are advised to exercise caution while traveling through this area.

Canyon Road is closed at First Street and the intersect of West Manhattan Loop and Canyon Road.

Access to the affected residence will be accommodated accordingly. This closure is necessary to demo and build the new alignments of Canyon Road and Manhattan Loop.

Arroyo Lane is required to access N.M. 502 on the north side with east and west bound traffic. A STOP sign will be in place at that junction with N.M. 502. Those motorists are encouraged to pay attention to the traffic control signage.

Motorists are reminded the posted speed limit through the project is 25 MPH.

Cartwright’s Plumbing – Road Work: La Vista, La Paloma Drive in White Rock:

Cartwright’s Plumbing will be closing La Vista Drive at N.M. 4 and at La Paloma Drive starting Tuesday, April 20 though Thursday April 22. Work will commence at 8:30 a.m. and end by 5:30 p.m. each day. The contractor will be cutting across La Vista Drive on the South end by La Paloma Drive. Detour signs will direct foot and pedestrian traffic to Grand Canyon Drive. Contact: Mario Larranaga, owner and project manager 505.819.7156.

R and M Construction – 1010 Central Avenue, Sidewalk Closure

Sidewalk access on the north side of Central Avenue from 1000 Central to the entrance to the Bradbury Museum complex will be closed to pedestrian traffic starting Monday and continue through April 30. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the south side of Central Avenue at Knecht Street. Pedestrian traffic will then be detoured at the intersection of Central and 15th Street to the north side of Central Avenue. Contact: Robert Sanchez 505.927.2027.  

Marcon Excavating – Arkansas Avenue Road Utility Infrastructure Replacement

Arkansas Avenue between Diamond Drive and 41st Street will be closed to through traffic until May 17 while crews replace existing water and sewer lines and connect to County infrastructure for Arkansas Place and the new townhomes being constructed. Contact: Kris Luster 505.690.0587.  

DP Road (Work related to Canyon Walk Apartments and The Bluffs – Bethel Development) Qualcon Builders, LLC – 120 DP Road Utility Infrastructure Replacement and Roadway Reconstruction

Next week, trenching activities for the storm drain installation will impact the segment of DP Road east of the Canyon Rim Trail crossing to Fire Station #2 with the roadway restricted to one-lane traffic controlled by a flagged/signaled system. One-lane traffic restrictions will occur only during hours of construction, potentially 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Access to businesses in this area will be maintained. 

The contractor is working in the right-of-way to replace existing utilities with upgraded services related to the new Canyon Walk Apartments (under construction) and The Bluffs senior housing (soon to be constructed). After completion of the storm drain work, the roadway reconstruction, including installation of curb and gutter, and sidewalks will begin with the final paving being the last activity. All construction activities related to the reconstruction of DP Road are expected to be substantially completed by the end of April. Contact: Direct questions/concerns to Public Works Liaison: Keith Wilson at 505.231.3961. 

Other Resources: 

Construction updates are posted at www.losalamosnm.us 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 email each week – just visit the “Newsletters” link on the home page and click on “The Cone Zone” subscribe box.

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