Cone Zone: Week Of Sept. 12


Road Construction Update: Week of Sept. 12, 2016

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. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

The public is welcome to attend any of the Public Works weekly project meetings; please contact the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 for meeting information.

Children are attracted by activity and heavy equipment. For safety reasons, please keep children away from the construction area since they cannot always be seen by workers concentrating on their jobs. 

Public Works Projects:

Canyon Rim Trail

Construction on the west leg of Canyon Rim Trail continues as crews complete the installation of a large retaining wall. The trail remains closed to pedestrians west of Fire Station 6. 

On Tuesday, September 13, crews will position two cranes for the installation of the pedestrian bridge which is scheduled later in the week. Motorists may experience minimal traffic impacts that will be managed by flagging operations.

Diamond Drive Crack Sealing Project

Crack sealing activities on Diamond Drive continue from the San Ildefonso roundabout south to the Los Alamos Canyon “Omega” bridge. Activities will be limited to “off-peak” hours whenever possible, from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, weather permitting. Motorists should expect lane drops and occasional flagging operations.

Central Avenue Phase 2 Improvements Project

Crews will be working daily through the weekend to help stay on track with project completion.

Concrete work, road prep and asphalt paving of the westbound lanes on Central Avenue and the north side of the Central/5th Street intersection will continue through next week.  Central Avenue is one-way and open to eastbound traffic from 15th Street to Knecht with westbound traffic detoured at Knecht Street. Detours for through traffic on 15th Street and pedestrians throughout the work zone are in place. The 15th/Central Avenue intersection is scheduled to be reopen to through traffic by mid-September. Access to local businesses will be maintained.

Message boards are positioned through town to provide additional information. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to follow detours, reduce speed, and use caution within the work zone.

County and Contractor personnel are available to answer questions regarding the Central Avenue Project 10-11 a.m. every Monday in Room 200 of the County Municipal Building (1000 Central Ave.).

Western Area Phase 4 Improvements Project

Construction crews continue making progress with road work on 37th Street, 38th Street, 39th Street, and Ridgeway Drive. The contractor will be paving early next week. Traffic detours to and from Orange Street are in place. Utility work on the 40th Street/41st Street Loop continues.

Motorists can expect an intermittent right lane closure on Diamond Drive next week as crews construct a sidewalk connection.

Residents are required to remove all vehicles on the roadway and find alternate parking during work hours. Access to residences as well as services such as a mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.

Utilities Projects:

San Ildefonso Road – Natural Gas, Electric and Fiber Optic Project

Excavation is underway behind the north curb on San Ildefonso Road between Hawk Drive and North Mesa Road. Contract crews will be replacing a gas line and installing conduit for future electric lines and fiber optics infrastructure. The bicycle lane is closed on some segments of San Ildefonso. Bicyclists and motorists must use extra caution in these areas. No additional traffic interruptions are anticipated.

North Mesa Drive – Power Pole and Re-conductor Replacements

DPU’s contractor will replace older power poles and re-conductors on North Mesa Drive between the stables and Hawk Drive. Crews will be working in the shoulder.  Minimal impacts to traffic.

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.