County: Public Presentation On Trinity Drive/N.M. 502 Improvements Related To Hill Apartments Tuesday

COUNTY News:

The public is invited to attend a presentation at 6 p.m., Tuesday on the Trinity Drive/N.M. 502 improvements associated with a New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) state grant for pedestrian and ADA improvements, NMDOT pavement preservation project and “The Hill” Apartments Housing Development.

This presentation will take place during the County Council meeting Tuesday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The Council approved a resolution June 11 supporting an application for state funding assistance of these various projects through NMDOT. One of the three projects noted in the resolution included the rehabilitation of Trinity Drive from Diamond Drive to Oppenheimer Drive.

Through this application process and through coordination meetings involving the N.M. 502 Reconstruction/Roundabout Project, NMDOT shared the County’s concern with the pavement condition of N.M. 502 within the Los Alamos townsite. As a result, the County was recently informed by NMDOT of a pavement preservation project scheduled for this summer.

The proposed maintenance project consists of a rapid Cutler overlay process from Mile Marker 0 at Diamond Drive to approximately Mile Marker 4 east of Camino Entrada, less the current reconstruction/roundabout project area. County staff is aware of possible overlap with the Diamond Drive Pavement Rehabilitation Project. However, provisions were provided to complete the segment between Omega Bridge and Sandia/Orange Streets prior to the Los Alamos Public School start date of Aug. 15.

Additionally, NMDOT supported the County’s recent funding application for Trinity Drive and award of a $250,000 grant to the County for pedestrian and ADA improvements awaits official action by the State Transportation Commission at its August 2019 meeting.

Over the last several months, the Public Works Department has been engaged in a traffic engineering study with Santa Fe Engineering Consultants to determine the off-site improvements required to accommodate the additional traffic generated from “The Hill” Apartments, a proposed housing development near Los Alamos Medical Center.

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