Cone Zone: Week of Aug. 19


Road Construction Update

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at 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.  

Weather permitting, the second mat of pavement will be placed on Canyon Road between 15th Street and Nugget Tuesday, Aug. 20. 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. Sage will be open on Monday. Trenching for utility work continues on 15th Street progressing south of the Oakwood Loop; expect continued lane closures with flagging operations and detours as work progresses through side street intersections.

Quartz will open on Monday; Rim will be closed during paving operations. Opal remains closed. Nugget remains closed for valley gutter installations.

On Verde Ridge and Arroyo Lane, the contractor will begin roadbed preparation the week of Aug. 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. Roadbed and curb and gutter preparations will begin on 43rd north of Trinity. Paving operations will occur on 43rd south of Trinity on Monday, August 19; expect heavy truck traffic and possible delays.  Depending on progress, paving operations might continue until 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Potholing to verify utility locations will occur on 44th Street Monday, Aug. 19, but should not affect traffic. 44th Street will be closed to through traffic starting on Wednesday, August 21 for full width milling operations.

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. Typical work hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 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. Paving of the pathway will start Monday and continue through Wednesday. During paving operations, expect a lane drop on Longview with flagging operations; use of alternate routes is recommended whenever possible. Please watch for trucks and equipment in the work area and be prepared for possible 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 Road in the vicinity of 457 East Road (Fire Station #6) DPU Contractor continues work behind shoulder traffic control and concrete barriers on both sides of the road. Directional boring across East Road for two gas lines will upgrade and improve safety of the East Park Gas Regulator Station.

Truck Traffic on NM 502:

Large trucks hauling dirt and building materials will be coming up and down the Main Hill Road (N.M. 502/Trinity) for the next 30-45 days, Mon – Sat. during daytime hours. Trucks are currently expected to make 70-100 trips per day to the Smith’s Marketplace site. Motorists are advised to plan ahead to be 5 to 6 minutes earlier if they are using the Main Hill Road. For the near future motorists may want to select alternative routes such as East Jemez Road or Pajarito Road (LANL-badged motorists only.)  Please “Like” for continued updates on the traffic impacts associated with Smith’s MarketPlace.

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 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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