Cone Zone: Week Of June 17


The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

Road Striping – Los Alamos & White Rock:

Traffic and Streets Division crews continue striping local roadways to replace faded markings for traffic safety. Crews are working east on Trinity and east on Canyon/Central to East Road at the edge of Los Alamos. Once they have completed striping in Los Alamos, they will move to White Rock. Work will continue until main roadways are finished; all work is expected to wrap up mid-July. Work is weather dependent. No traffic delays anticipated that will impede traffic flow; motorists are urged to slow down and use caution when crews are working in these areas.

Questions on the above project? Email, or call 505.662.8150.

Tsikumu Village – Road Improvements:

Albuquerque Asphalt will continue adjusting manholes and utility valves this week as they wrap up final tasks and general clean-up of the work area. Access to residences as well as mail/package delivery, school and transit routes, emergency services, trash/recycle/yard waste pick-up will be maintained.

Albuquerque Asphalt will be seal coating the Cul-De-Sacs on Yuma, Ute, Sioux and Cheyenne. This process will take one day to complete. This work will take place Monday, June 17. Crews will begin work at 8:30 a.m. so motorists are urged to refrain from driving on the fresh oil until 4 p.m. and park vehicles on the adjacent street and walk to residences using the sidewalk and/or concrete gutter pan. Anyone needing assistance commuting from a residence to a vehicle can call Brian Loughridge with Albuquerque Asphalt at 505.991.5916. He will remain on site during this process to assist anyone in need. The County apologizes for any inconvenience caused during this process

Questions on the above project? Email, or call 505.662.8150.

Other road construction projects:

N.M. 502 Roundabout and Road Reconstruction (NMDOT project):

Watch for updates on this page for Future Projects such as the ones listed above, or, for new projects to be added as they are identified. As the County gets more details, updates will be posted here.

N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) east-bound traffic is being detoured to 4th Street and Central Avenue. After a full stop, motorists should turn right (east) and travel through the construction zone to continue east-bound out of Los Alamos on N.M. 502. Motorists are urged to slow down, use caution and expect delays in this area, especially during peak evening commute times.

West-bound N.M. 502 traffic entering Los Alamos and approaching the roundabout construction zone are being detoured onto Central Avenue; continue west to Knecht Street (or alternatively, continue to the traffic light at 15th Street) then turn left to return to Trinity Drive. Motorists are urged to slow down, use caution and expect delays in this area, especially during peak evening commute times.

There will be one lane of traffic in each direction.

Traffic advisories from NMDOT are available on and motorists are asked to check the site for updates on this project as it proceeds.

TA-21 Clean Up Project – DP Road (N3B project):

Clean up work on the LANL TA-21 Site at the far eastern end of DP Road continues. Large trucks carrying away demolition debris containers will be exiting DP Road at an average of approximately three trucks per day. Motorists are asked to be alert for trucks exiting; use caution when entering or exiting DP Road, as this area is near the NM502 Road Reconstruction project.

SEP Water Line Project – East Jemez Road:

East Jemez Road lane closures near the entrance of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will resume Friday, June 14, and continue through the weekend. Drivers will be unable to get to Los Alamos via the truck route and should use the NM502/Main Hill Road instead. Drivers should watch for directional signage regarding partial lane closures beginning Friday morning with full lane closures starting at 6 p.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday, June 16. Monday morning commuters should see all lanes open but will encounter steel plates covering the work area.  

Local Businesses Need Community’s Support During Construction:

Construction can be difficult and present special challenges for businesses caught in the construction zones and related/adjacent areas. Motorists tend to avoid orange barrel zones and this can have significant economic impacts on businesses. Los Alamos has many small, locally-owned and operated restaurants, specialty shops and stores on the eastern edge of Los Alamos. The County encourages residents and visitors to support local businesses, especially those on DP Road, which will likely be impacted by the construction. Other businesses at Entrada Business Park, East Gate, along Trinity/Knecht (Mari Mac and Smith’s Marketplace and further west on Trinity) as well as those on Central Avenue may likely be impacted, too.

The County is working with MainStreet and the Chamber of Commerce to find ways to mitigate impacts and support them, but the public’s help is urgently needed. Allow extra time for patronizing these businesses, but do not shy away just because of construction. These businesses need the communty’s help to continue to operate all of the favorite and valued local restaurants, shops and other small businesses to continue providing great products and services.