Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 16, 2021

Note: N.M. 502 (Main Hill Road) will be closed along a 2-mile stretch 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays while the State DOT crews mitigate a rockfall hazard along the roadway.

COUNTY News:

The projects listed in this section are being managed by Los Alamos 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.

Please 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 

The current highway detour will be shifted to the north side of NM502 allowing the contractor to work on the south side of the road installing precast concrete boxes and retaining walls.   

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. AUI will be hauling excess material from project site to a site off DP Road. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are advised to stay alert for construction personnel and equipment and use caution traveling through the work zone. 

North Mesa Roadway and Utilities Improvement Project (Casa de Oro)   

TLC Plumbing and Utility continues road and utility improvements on Alamo Rd, Capulin Rd, Tsankawi St, Oro Ct, Tsankawi Ct, Cedro Ct, and Big Rock Loop South. Utility work will continue on Alamo Rd, Capulin Rd and Tsankawi St including new water and gas main lines. New water service cans and gas service lines to homes will continue to be installed along Capulin Rd and Alamo Rd. Concrete crews will be installing new valley gutters and sidewalks. Preparation for pavement will begin on Capulin Rd this week.  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 work zones. Access to residents as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, school bus routes, trash and recycling collection will be maintained. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are advised to be alert for construction personnel and equipment and use caution traveling through the work zone. 

Leisure Lagoon (addition to the Aquatic Ctr.)

The bike lane along Canyon Road adjacent to the construction area remains closed pending repaving.  Bicyclists are encouraged to ride in the driving lane as the material in the bike lane is soft. The sidewalk is open from the Nature Center to the back drive of the Aquatic Center. From there, pedestrians can walk in the bike lane area between the traffic control devices and construction fence. 

The public is also reminded that the “back driveway” to the Aquatic Center is closed to the public due to construction. Please do not use this area to access the trail. Please use the trail entrance at the Nature Center to travel behind the Aquatic Center.

Traffic & Streets Division Projects: 

The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Traffic & Streets Division staff. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. 

43rd and 44th Streets off of Urban St. Asphalt Repair Work

Crews will be patching asphalt along 43rd and 44th Street off of Urban Street starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending daily by 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. There will be a flagging operation in place.

Loma Del Escolar Concrete Repair at Entrance to Barranca School

Crews will be repairing a concrete ramp at the entrance to Barranca School. Work will commence Wednesday and be completed by Friday. Crews will start work at 7:30 and end by 3:30 daily. The sidewalk will be closed, and pedestrian traffic will be diverted.

County Wide Striping Continues

Crews will continue striping roads the week of Aug. 16 until complete. They will begin each day at 8 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m. 

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. 

N.M. 502 Road Closure (State DOT)

N.M. 502 (Main Hill Road) will be closed along a 2-mile stretch — from mile marker 4 to mile marker 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays while the State DOT crews mitigate a rockfall hazard along the roadway. The two-mile road closure begins one mile east of Airport Road at the edge of Los Alamos and continues east to the junction of NM502 and NM 4. Traffic signs and controls will be in place; avoid this area and seek alternate routes such as the Truck Route. Allow additional time for your commute.

Advance Notice: The State DOT also anticipates road repairs for NM502 on the eastern edge of Los Alamos will get underway in September. Additional information will be forthcoming in future Cone Zone reports.

Loma del Escolar Road Work

GM Emulsion will be repairing sections of road at 84 and 90 Loma Del Escolar. They will be closing the sidewalk and diverting pedestrian traffic. Work will begin Wednesday and should be completed by Friday. Crews will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. and finish by 6 p.m. Barranca Elementary School pedestrian and vehicle traffic are asked to follow all traffic control signs and use extreme caution around the work zones.

Anchor Ranch Rd Milling & Paving (LANL)

Anchor Ranch Road will be closed for another week at Plastics Road as crews install a new natural gas pipeline. Traffic will be detoured down Plastics to Shed Road and back around Anchor Ranch. The Castle Road Gate is open from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-5 p.m., Monday through Friday to allow easier access and exit during peak commuting times.  

DP Rd (Work related to Canyon Walk Apts and The Bluffs – Bethel Development)

Qualcon Builders, LLC – 120 DP Rd Utility Infrastructure Replacement and Roadway Reconstruction

Roadway reconstruction activities continue with concrete collars and sidewalk construction. These activities will impact DP Road from Trinity Drive to Fire Station #2 with segments of 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 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The contractor work in DP Road is related to the new Canyon Walk Apartments (under construction) and The Bluffs senior housing (soon to be constructed). The roadway reconstruction includes installation of curb and gutter, sidewalks and paving of the roadway.  All construction activities related to the reconstruction of DP Road will continue during the month of August.

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