Cone Zone: Week of Sept. 15

Central Avenue Improvements Project construction work moves west along Central Avenue in front of the downtown Post Office near 20th Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A worker operates in a hole on Central Avenue Thursday while crew members grab a broom and shovel to complete their tasks. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Road Construction Update: Week of Sept. 15

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150 or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Note that the below information is based on schedule information provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:

Chip material has been applied on Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court in White Rock. The final sealant is scheduled to be applied between Sept. 24 and 26. Residents will receive 48 hour notice before the final sealant is applied on their street.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

The contractor is reporting that pedestrians are crossing into the work zone instead of at the provided crossings; this is extremely dangerous and pedestrians are advised to use the provided pathways.

Central Avenue roadway between 15th Street and 20th Street will be milled Monday and Tuesday with paving currently scheduled for Sept. 17 or 18.

Monday, the contractor will be trenching between the Post Office driveway west through the southernmost parking spaces in the library overflow parking lot (Farmers Market location). The contractor will backfill any open trenches to allow for full access by the Farmers Market vendors. Pedestrians will be routed to the south side of Central. Trenching across Bathtub Row will occur at night.

Homecoming Parade – The Contractor will open Central Avenue for the Homecoming Parade by 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19; if paving is delayed, the parade will proceed on the milled surface. After the parade, the road will close again to allow the work to continue.

Pedestrian Access for Central Avenue between 15th and 20th – the south side is open; north side is open from 15th to 20th; however, crossing to the north side will be at the bus stop west of Bathtub Row through the end of September. There is an additional crossing near CB FOX KIDZ. Note that established crossings will be temporarily closed and then re-established during concrete placement, milling and paving operations.

Work on Central between 15th and 20th is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30.

Starting Monday, Sept. 15, Oppenheimer between Trinity and Central will be closed to traffic in both directions. Vehicles and pedestrians will be detoured to 20th Street. Oppenheimer will remain closed through Oct. 31.

Motorists should use alternate business parking including parking lots along Deacon, 15th Street, 20th Street and Nectar.

Other than noted above, night work will stop now that the work is beginning to move west closer to a residential area. Crews will continue to work Monday through Thursday with Friday and weekend work as needed to meet their Sept. 30 commitment.

Western Area Improvements Phase 2:

Concrete removals are complete on 47th Street off Trinity. Roadway prep is ongoing with paving anticipated Tuesday, Sept. 16. Expect traffic control to change as the work progresses.

On 46th/47th Street off Sandia, concrete removal continues and will be followed by concrete placement. Expect traffic control to change as the work progresses.

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:

Shoulder work continues on the south side of East Drive; do not park on the south side of East Drive. Work is on track to be completed on or before Sept. 19.

Upcoming Work:

As part of the annual Pavement Preservation Program, the slurry seal of Diamond Drive is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 22. Work will last for two to three days. Expect rolling lane closures and possible flagging operations with minor delays. More details will be included in next week’s update.