Cone Zone: Week Of Sept. 6, 2021

COUNTY News:

Public Works Projects:

The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Public Works staff through contractors.

For more information, email lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects/Public Works” link at www.losalamosnm.us.

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.

NOTE: Contractors will not be working Monday, Sept. 6 in observance of Labor Day.

Canyon Rim Trail Underpass

The current highway detour will be shifted to the north side of NM502 allowing the contractor to work on the south side of the road installing precast concrete boxes and retaining walls.

Due to the amount of construction activity that includes trenching, excavation and utility relocation near the trailhead, the trailhead parking lot, and a 100 ft. section of the trail near the trailhead will be closed for safety. AUI will be hauling excess material from project site to a site off DP Road. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are advised to stay alert for construction personnel and equipment and use caution traveling through the work zone.

North Mesa Roadway and Utilities Improvement Project (Casa de Oro)   

TLC Plumbing and Utility continues road and utility improvements on Alamo Rd, Capulin Rd, Tsankawi St, Oro Ct, Tsankawi Ct, Cedro Ct, and Big Rock Loop South. Utility work will continue on Alamo Rd, Capulin Rd and Tsankawi St including new water and gas main lines. Residents will be receiving new water and gas service line connections. Department of Public Utilities staff will notify of any short time outages. Concrete work will continue throughout the project. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting.

Traffic signs and devices will shift vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic around work zones. Access to residents as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, school bus routes, trash and recycling collection will be maintained. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are advised to be alert for construction personnel and equipment and use caution traveling through the work zone. 

Leisure Lagoon (addition to the Aquatic Ctr.)

The bike lane along Canyon Road adjacent to the construction area remains closed pending repaving. Bicyclists are encouraged to ride in the driving lane as the material in the bike lane is soft. The sidewalk is open from the Nature Center to the back drive of the Aquatic Center. From there, pedestrians can walk in the bike lane area between the traffic control devices and construction fence.

The public is also reminded that the “back driveway” to the Aquatic Center is closed to the public due to construction. Please do not use this area to access the trail. Please use the trail entrance at the Nature Center to then travel behind the Aquatic Center.

Traffic & Streets Division Projects: 

The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Traffic & Streets Division staff. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. 

Loma Linda Vegetation Control
Crews will be doing vegetation control in Loma Linda starting Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily until completed. Plan for intermittent sidewalk closures.

Countywide Vegetation Control

Crews will be performing vegetation control in various locations countywide starting Sept. 8. Work will commence at 8 a.m. and finish by 3 p.m. each day. Plan for intermittent sidewalk closures.

GM Emulsion Concrete Repairs on Bryce Avenue

GM emulsion will continue repairing sections of concrete at the following locations on Bryce Ave in White Rock the week of September 7 until complete: south side of Bryce next to Rover Blvd, 105 Bryce north and south side, 275 Bryce, 280 Bryce, corner of Bryce & Cheryl Ave, SW corner of Cheryl Ave and Connie Ave, and 287 Connie Ave. Work will commence daily at 8 a.m. and be completed by 5 p.m. There will be a sidewalk closure in all locations. There will be intermittent flagging operations to accommodate cement trucks.

Department of Public Utilities

The projects listed in this section are being managed by the Dept. of Public Utilities staff. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Waterline Replacement on State Road 4 at E. Jemez Road

RMCI, under contract with the DPU, will replace a section of 16-inch waterline in the shoulder of NM State Road 4 at East Jemez Road (Truck Route) ahead of the New Mexico Dept. of Transportation road rehabilitation project. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 8, barrier walls will be erected in the shoulder of the northbound lane on NM State Road 4 at East Jemez Rd. Crews will also clear the area along the existing fence in preparation for the installation of pipe. No lane closures are planned. Traffic impacts should be minimal.  

Non-County Projects: 

The following road construction updates are posted below in the interest of keeping residents informed, but are being managed or conducted by others. Please obey all traffic devices and slow down in work zones. 

Los Alamos Canyon Bridge Repairs (LANL):

Work on the Omega Bridge will move to the east side of the bridge. Crews will repair, replace and repaint the railings. The pedestrian walkway will be open.

Work on the west side of the bridge isn’t expected to impact the walkway. Bridge improvements are expected to be completed Sept. 20. 

To avoid congestion and delays, consider using Atomic City Transit as a bus option to cross the bridge. Check out the Route 1 (downtown circulator bus) schedule here.

Motorists are reminded to slow down in the construction area; the speed limit is 15 mph. Allow extra time for your commute during peak travel times in the morning and evening.

Tunnel Work Under Diamond Drive (LANL)

Work to upgrade the tunnel under Diamond Drive will start Sept. 7. Diamond Drive will close to through traffic between Embudo and Eniwetok until early October. Improvements include removing the old tunnel, adding a new tunnel, improving accessibility and lighting and general cleaning. As a reminder, access to buildings on the west side of Diamond Drive will remain the same. On the east side, parking lots can be accessed near Eniwetok. Parking areas near Grable also will remain open. For access to Utilities and the steam plant, please use Grable Rd.

326 Rover Blvd Fiber Installation
Sunrise Utilities will be performing a directional bore to install new fiber at 326 Rover Blvd starting Monday and continuing until complete. Work will start at 8 a.m. and be complete by 5:30 p.m. daily. The sidewalk will be closed on the north side of Rover between Kimberly and Aragon. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the south side of Rover. Questions or concerns for this project should be directed to Sunrise Utilities at 505.362.8389.

DP Rd (Work related to Canyon Walk Apts and The Bluffs – Bethel Development)

Qualcon Builders, LLC – 120 DP Rd Utility Infrastructure Replacement and Roadway Reconstruction

Roadway reconstruction activities will continue with construction of the remaining sections Curb & Gutter, sidewalks and Driveways. These activities will impact DP Rd from Trinity Drive to Fire Station #2 with segments of the roadway restricted to one-lane traffic controlled by a flagged/signaled system.  One-lane traffic restrictions will occur only during hours of construction potentially from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The contractor work in DP Road is related to the new Canyon Walk Apartments (under construction) and The Bluffs senior housing (soon to be constructed). The roadway reconstruction includes installation of curb and gutter, sidewalks and paving of the roadway. All construction activities related to the reconstruction of DP Road are now expected to be completed by the middle of September.

NM 502 Pavement Rehabilitation Project (State DOT) BEGINS SATURDAY, SEPT 11

NMDOT, along with Albuquerque Asphalt Inc. will begin a pavement rehabilitation project Saturday, Sept. 11 at the entrance to Los Alamos from NM 502 (Main Hill Road) to Tewa Loop. Work will take place from mile marker 2 to 6. The 4-mile project is expected to occur over 15 working days and will include new pavement and striping.

Each Saturday and Sunday, crews will work 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on the Main Hill Rd section. It will be closed during working hours, and traffic will be detoured to E. Jemez Rd (Truck Route).

Monday-Wednesday of each week, crews will work 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day on the Tewa Loop to Eastgate Drive section. There will be traffic control personnel at each end of the closure, and a pilot car will guide motorists through the work zone.

At the end of each workday, all traffic control devices will be removed, and the roadway reopened to motorists. No work will be performed Thursday and Friday of each week, and the roadway will be open to motorists. Motorists should use caution, obey posted speed limits, expect delays and plan accordingly. 

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