Cone Zone: Week of Aug. 12

COUNTY News:

Road Construction Update

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

Reminder: There have been a number of lightning strikes causing traffic signal outages in our region. If you approach a traffic signal with none of the signal lights working, you are required to STOP as if it was a 4-way or all-way STOP controlled intersection. Be extremely cautious when approaching and maneuvering through an intersection with a dark traffic signal.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:

Please Note: Canyon Road between 15th and 9th Street is Closed to Through Traffic.Due to the significant amount of work and equipment in the roadway, non-resident motorists are asked to avoid the construction area and seek alternate routes.  

Paving operations will begin on Canyon Road between 15th Street and Nugget on Saturday August 10. Equipment will be staged at 7 a.m. and paving will begin at 8 a.m. Expect significant construction traffic. Residential access in the immediate area will be provided; all other motorists should seek alternate routes. Expect lane closures and flagging operations with the potential for delays. Please do not walk or drive on the fresh pavement until the barriers are removed.  Fresh pavement is very hot and can melt shoes and damage tires.

15th remains closed between Canyon and Sage north. 15th is also closed between Oakwood north and Oakwood south for the utility tie-ins and gas line installation. Sage north at 15th will be open on Monday and the closure will shift to Sage south for construction of fillets and a valley gutter at that intersection. During the Sage south closure, use Sage north. Trenching for utility work continues to progress south of Oakwood Loop south on 15th Street; expect continued lane closures with flagging operations and detours as work progresses through side street intersections.

Quartz at Canyon is closed; Piñon Loop south is closed; and Opal and Nugget at Canyon is also closed for valley gutter installations. All Canyon Road intersections should be open by August 15.

Concrete work is about 90 percent complete on Verde Ridge and Arroyo Lane. Once concrete work is done, contractor will begin roadbed preparation, likely late this week or early the week of August 19.

RMCI continues to use a 15-passenger van to transport pedestrians through the Canyon Road construction site. The van circulates every 5 to 7 minutes while RMCI is working, typically 7 a.m. to 5-7 p.m. depending on the job activity, Monday through Saturday. This service for pedestrians will continue until sidewalks are open on at least one side of Canyon. Each evening, RMCI will re-establish the pedestrian paths for use. The van route starts at 9th Street and Canyon Road continuing north on Canyon, making the Nugget, Opal and Piñon Loops. Pedestrians on Nugget, Opal, and Piñon Loops will be picked up in front of their residence. Additional stops include the Pine Street cul-de-sac and Quartz at 6th Street. The route will end at Canyon and 15th Street. The driver will then turn around and repeat the route in the opposite direction. Pedestrians are asked to use the van service provided.

Western Area Phase 1:

43rd Street remains closed to through traffic on both sides of Trinity. Water service tie-ins will occur on 43rd north of Trinity. Once these water service tie-ins are completed, the contractor will move to 44th Street, which will then be closed to through traffic for the installation of the water line main.

The current lane closure and flagging operation at Fairway and 43rd may continue into this week due to weather delays; work in this area includes storm drain structure installation and curb & gutter placement followed by subgrade preparation and base course placement.

On 43rd and 45th north of Trinity the contractor will begin preparation for curb and drive pad placements possibly before the end of the week. Driveway access will be maintained until the formwork is placed. Residents will be given 48 hour notification when driveways will be temporarily out of service to allow the concrete to cure.

Access to residences as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, and trash and recycling collection will be maintained. Residents are asked to maximize use of off-street parking. Any necessary on-street parking should be away from the active work zones. Work hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. with possible weekend work if necessary.

Cañada del Buey Multi-Use Trail Improvements:

The contractor continues to work on the Longview corridor from Bonnie View to Rover. Part of this work will include sidewalk reconstruction at Rover. Although no lane closures are anticipated, please watch for trucks and equipment entering and exiting the roadway. The driveways at Park Lane and the private drive off Longview will be fully reopened on Monday.

Central Avenue Crosswalks:

County crews will continue milling and replacing crosswalks in the downtown section of Central Avenue. Work should be completed mid-week. Expect flagging operations with minor delays.

Canyon Glen Bridge Safety Attenuators:

Work continues on the installation of the new attenuators. Vehicular traffic is not impacted; however, pedestrians are asked to use the provided pedestrian pathway.

Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Projects

Gas Line Work Near Fire Station #6 on East Road:

On East Rd in the vicinity of 457 East Rd (Fire Station #6) DPU Contractor continues work behind shoulder traffic control and concrete barriers on both sides of the road.  Directional boring across East Rd for two gas lines will upgrade and improve safety of the East Park Gas Regulator Station.

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 e-mail each week – 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!

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