Cone Zone: Week of July 7


Upcoming Road Construction

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. for night work.

During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th Street and 20th Street will consist of one lane of westbound traffic. Eastbound Central traffic will be detoured to Deacon Street, to 15th Street and back to eastbound Central. The detour was moved from Trinity Drive to Deacon Street to enhance traffic flow.

On-street parking on Central Avenue will be closed, use alternate parking in the area.

The contractor plans on working a day and night crew in an effort to complete this section of the project within the first 60 days of the construction. When possible, use alternate business entrances including those along Deacon, 15th Street and 20th Street.

Pedestrian detour signs are posted, for safety – use the detour and stay out of the work zone.

N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

The north Knecht intersection at Trinity is closed through July 14 to install the storm drain across Knecht. Knecht south of Trinity will remain open. Eastbound Trinity traffic will be maintained. Access north Knecht from Central. This will be the final phase of the project.

The northern lanes of Trinity Drive remain closed, resulting in one-way eastbound traffic on Trinity and a westbound detour to Central Avenue. Paving operations have been completed between DP Road to 7th Street (new Meri-Mac / Smith’s Marketplace intersection).

Eastbound: One travel lane of eastbound N.M. 502 / Trinity Drive traffic will be maintained; travelers will be able to access DP Road and continue eastbound on N.M. 502.

Westbound: Traffic will be detoured to Central Avenue, then to 15th Street and back to Trinity Drive. Westbound traffic may access DP Road by following the Trinity detour and turning left (east) at 15th and Trinity.

The established westbound detour is purposely routed through the signalized intersections at Central and 15th and at 15th and Trinity to allow for the most efficient traffic flow. Use extreme caution, watch for pedestrians and slow down as you move through the detour area.

The Central Avenue access to the Municipal Building will remain closed through project completion; use the Municipal Building driveways off Iris Street.

The contractor will be working July 5 and 6.

Western Area Improvements Phase 2:

45th Street off Trinity remains closed to through traffic; on 46th off Trinity the contractor continues with service line connections to the new water meters, expect intermittent delays. Concrete work continues on drive pads and curb and gutter installations on 45th and 46th Streets. Access to residences as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.

Sound Wall between Tewa Loop and Airport Road:

Expect shoulder work on the south side of East Drive; find alternate parking for vehicles parked on the south side of East Drive.

Non-County Projects of Significance:

Smith’s Marketplace construction continues through opening day July 16. Expect significant truck traffic and potential delays on N.M. 502 and Trinity Drive.

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 also are available via newsletter subscription on the same page.

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