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Cone Zone: Week of July 28

on July 28, 2013 - 10:27am

COUNTY News:

Road Construction Update

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call

662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

Reminder: There have been a number of lightning strikes causing traffic signal outages in our region. If you approach a traffic signal with none of the signal lights working, you are required to STOP as if it was a 4-way or all-way STOP controlled intersection. Be extremely cautious when approaching and maneuvering through an intersection with a dark traffic signal.

White Rock Milling and Paving Operations:

Milling will finish up early next week. Streets to be milled on Monday include Alhambra, Sierra Vista, and Canada Circle. The contractor hopes to complete all three streets on Monday though work may continue into Tuesday. Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please have all vehicles moved to off-street parking by 7 a.m. on Monday. Once your street is milled and the contractor has moved on, you may again park on the street. Please note that work may be delayed in the case of mechanical failure or significantly bad weather. Please advise children to stay away from the equipment.

Paving will continue on Monday, July 29, on the following streets: Kayenta, Joya, Mimbres, Lejano, Isleta, Hacienda, Granada, Futura, and Ensenada. Paving operations are expected to take approximately one day per street with work hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. As the work approaches your street, please move all vehicles to off-street parking. Please note that work may be delayed in the case of mechanical failure or significant rain. Do not drive on the fresh pavement until the traffic control is removed as the pavement must cool before vehicles can drive on the fresh pavement. Please be aware of the additional construction traffic in your area and instruct children to stay away from all machinery.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:

Please Note: Due to the significant amount of work and equipment in the roadway, motorists are asked to avoid the construction area and seek alternate routes whenever possible. Please use caution when travel through the work zone is required and pay attention to traffic control devices and flaggers within the work areas.

Expect a slow “rolling” closure on Canyon Road between 15th and 9th as the contractor prepares to install geo-tech fabric and place base course starting at 15th Street working towards 9th Street. The area remains closed to through traffic. The rolling closure will move towards 9th Street based on the progress of the work.

Sage north at 15th will be closed starting Monday for the installation of a valley gutter; please use Sage south. Once Sage north is complete, the closure will move to Sage south for the installation of a valley gutter at that intersection.

Rim Road at Canyon should reopen on Monday. The closure will then move to Quartz for the installation of a valley gutter, please use Rim.

Contractor continues forming and placing valley gutters on south Verde Ridge and east Arroyo Lane. The replacement of the shallow gas line is complete.

15th is closed between Oakwood north and Oakwood south for the installation of a utility vault on 15th Street. This closure will continue through Friday, August 2, barring any weather or mechanical delays.

Trenching for utility work continues on the north end of 15th Street; expect continued lane closures with flagging operations and detours as work progresses through side street intersections.

Residential access in the immediate area will be provided; all other motorists should seek alternate routes. Residents can expect daytime flagging operations with minor delays as the contractor continues preparation for concrete work, followed by paving operations. Two-way traffic will be restored in this area in the evenings and weekends when work is not occurring.

RMCI continues to use a 15-passenger van to transport pedestrians through the Canyon Road construction site. The van circulates every 5 to 7 minutes while RMCI is working, typically 7 a.m. to 5-7 p.m. depending on the job activity, Monday through Saturday. This service for pedestrians will continue until sidewalks are open on at least one side of Canyon. Each evening, RMCI will re-establish the pedestrian paths for use. The van route starts at 9th Street and Canyon Road continuing north on Canyon, making the Nugget, Opal and Piñon Loops. Pedestrians on Nugget, Opal, and Piñon Loops will be picked up in front of their residence. Additional stops include the Pine Street cul-de-sac and Quartz at 6th Street. The route will end at Canyon and 15th Street. The driver will then turn around and repeat the route in the opposite direction. Pedestrians are asked to use the van service provided.

Western Area Phase 1:

43rd and 44th off of Trinity remain closed to through traffic. Access to residences as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, and trash and recycling collection will be maintained. Residents are asked to maximize use of off-street parking. Any necessary on-street parking should be away from the active work zones. Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. with possible weekend work if necessary.

Cañada del Buey Multi-Use Trail Improvements:

The contractor continues to place concrete along the entire pathway, including near the Bonnieview and Longview intersection and along the north side of Longview to Rover. Expect intermittent single lane closures with flagging operations during the concrete placement as the work progresses up Longview. Please stay off freshly placed concrete until the barriers are removed.

Central Avenue:

County crews will be milling and replacing crosswalks in the downtown section of Central Avenue. Expect flagging operations with minor delays on Central Thursday through Saturday.

Iris Street – Some Angled Parking Spaces Closed:

Contractor will be replacing spalling concrete in angled parking adjacent to the NW corner of the Municipal Building Parking Lot.

Municipal Building Parking Lot:

Expect construction activity in the Municipal Building parking lot with flagging operations.

Canyon Glen Bridge Safety Attenuators:

County crews will be removing existing curb, gutter, and sidewalks on all four corners of the Canyon Glen bridge on Monday. The contractor, J-H Supply, will be placing new concrete and installing the new attenuators starting on Wednesday. Work should be completed within two weeks. Vehicular traffic will not be impacted; however, pedestrians are asked to use the provided pedestrian pathway.

Other Resources:

Construction updates are posted at www.losalamosnm.us 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.


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