Residents, Commuters, Urged To Sign Up For Cone Zone Alerts Prior To Road Construction


Road construction will soon begin on several key projects within the County. One State of New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) project of particular interest to many motorists will begin March 18 when Star Paving Company starts work on the N.M. 502 Reconstruction Project that includes installation of a roundabout at Trinity and Central near the former Hilltop House.

The NMDOT project includes utility installation and roadways reconstruction from Tewa Loop to DP Road, and pavement preservation from DP Road to Knecht Street. Motorists traveling through this area, including those entering and existing DP Road, should expect delays.

Other projects occurring on DP Road include TA-21 clean-up activities (far eastern end of DP Road, with large trucks entering/exiting DP Road during the work week) and the Bethel “Canyon Walk” apartments beginning infrastructure and construction of new affordable workforce housing, scheduled to begin July 2019 with completion by July 2020. A second housing project by Bethel called “The Bluffs” on DP Road also is being considered and work could begin for additional Senior Housing.

Lastly, pothole repair and pavement preservation work on Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive may also be funded for Summer 2019 as a result of the harsh winter.

To assist residents with the latest updates, the County has re-instituted a Friday afternoon newsletter called the Cone Zone – brief updates on construction activities planned for the next week. To sign up for the newsletter, visit the “Subscribe to Newsletters” page on the County’s website at and select The Cone Zone. Subscribers will receive an “opt in” e-mail notice and must validate that they wish to receive the newsletter.

The Cone Zone will begin Friday, March 8 and continue until road construction ends – typically in November. Emails will be retained and used again in 2020, when all of the above projects are expected to continue.

Note: Individuals with Gmail accounts may need to check their Spam folder, as the newsletter subscription service used by the County for all of its newsletters may be sent to Spam by Gmail’s servers. A user can check an option to direct Gmail to discontinue treating the newsletter as Spam and send it back to the Primary Email inbox.

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