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Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 19, 2019

on August 16, 2019 - 12:39pm


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

Diamond Drive Paving

Star Paving is wrapping up manhole adjustments and will be pulling the steel plates on Diamond Drive between the Omega Bridge and the Sandia/Orange Intersection by early next week, completing this road work in front of the high school.

Milling and paving operations from the Sandia/Orange intersection northbound continue during daytime hours Monday through Friday and may include Saturdays. Work in this area includes completion of manhole adjustments as well as applying striping and markings, which requires intermittent lane closures. Striping and marking activities will take place daily as well as overnight to avoid impeding traffic as much as possible. 

Motorists will continue to see daily lane drops for milling and paving operations in each direction as work advances past Sycamore and continues to proceed toward the golf course; allow extra time for delays, especially with schools back in session and early release times for the elementary schools occurring on Wednesdays, causing additional traffic congestion in these areas during the lunch hour. 

During daytime hours Monday through Friday, crews continue working 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accommodate peak commute times for travel. Upon completion of the utility crossing, eastbound traffic will return to the current detour which is 4th Street to Central Avenue and back onto Trinity Drive. 

Final project completion is set for Sept. 27, weather permitting.

Yucca & Arkansas: Continued Sidewalks Work 

Public Works crews continue replacing sidewalks at the intersection of Arkansas Avenue and Yucca Street. Vehicles and pedestrians are advised to follow all traffic control devices and slowdown in the work zone. Work should be completed by Friday, Aug. 23, weather permitting.

NW Corner 33rd & Walnut: Handicap Ramp, Sidewalks Work 

Public Works crews began installing a handicap ramp at this corner Aug. 16. Flagging operations are in effect to assist traffic through the intersection. Vehicles and pedestrians are advised to follow all traffic control devices and slowdown in the work zone. Work should be completed by Aug. 26, weather permitting.

Questions on the above projects? E-mail, or call 505.662.8150.

Other road construction projects:

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

Eastbound Detour CHANGE Begins Monday, Aug. 19 for NM502 Roundabout Project: Star Paving plans to close Trinity Drive between DP Road and Central Avenue beginning Monday, Aug. 19 for two weeks. This closure is needed to facilitate the crossing of water, sewer, gas and numerous electrical and communications conduits. Eastbound traffic will be detoured from Trinity Drive onto 15th Street and then onto Central Avenue. 

Access to DP Road and all businesses on Trinity Drive between 15th Street and DP Road will be maintained throughout the closure. All traffic exiting DP Road will be required to turn left onto Trinity Drive and use the appropriate detour routes.

Map showing the detour:

No change to Westbound traffic; westbound traffic will continue to use the current detour, which is Central Avenue to Knecht Street.

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

Sidewalk Closure: Canyon Road near N.M. 502 Roundabout Project: 

Megacomm Service LLC is finishing up their fiber project along the western side of Canyon Rd between the intersection of N.M. 502 and Canyon Road, near 4th Street and Canyon. Sidewalks continue to be closed; pedestrian traffic must divert to the east side of Canyon Road. Work should be completed by Tuesday, Aug. 20, weather permitting.

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

No change in truck traffic on DP Road from last week's report. 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 N.M. 502 Road Reconstruction project.

Advance Notice: Overnight Excavator Transport from DP Road to Main Hill Road (N.M. 502) to Truck Route to N.M. 4 to Pajarito Road - Move Set for Saturday, Aug. 24.

N3B will be transporting an excavator from TA-21 at the end of DP Road to Trinity Drive, crossing Marimac Plaza's parking lot to Central Avenue, then east down N.M. 502 to the Truck Route, beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. They will stop at the Truck Route Inspection Station for inspection, then resume transport after 8 a.m. traveling into White Rock on N.M. 4 to Pajarito Road. LAPD officers will be assisting on site to close N.M. 502 at the bottom of the Main Hill Road during these morning hours to allow the excavator to move safely down the Main Hill Road to N.M. 4 and the Truck Route Inspection Station. Early morning traffic should expect delays on Main Hill Rd and the Truck Route near the inspection station during this time frame of 6-8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.   

A second move of two excavators is expected to occur in a similar traffic pattern on Saturday, Sept. 7. Because two excavators are being moved, the closure time may be longer. More details will follow in a future Cone Zone update.