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Update: NM 502 & NM 4 Road Closures Saturday!

on August 23, 2018 - 3:40pm

Courtesy/DOE/NNSA

DOE/NNSA News:

Westbound N.M. 502 (Main Hill Road) leading to Los Alamos will be closed to all traffic Saturday, Aug. 25 (see map in purple). The hairpin ramp connecting N.M. 4 to westbound N.M. 502 will also be closed (see map in blue).

These traffic control measures are to allow completion of mill and inlay work on an approximately one mile stretch of N.M. 502. Signage will be posted to detour traffic around the closures via East Jemez Road (truck route).

As previously announced, westbound N.M.

US 84/285 Pavement Preservation Work – Buffalo Thunder Northbound Lane Closures Begin Today

on August 21, 2018 - 7:03am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin pavement preservation work today on US 84/285 at milepost 178.00 (Buffalo Thunder) to 182.00 (CR 109 just north of Nambe).

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.

Starting today  US84/285 northbound lanes near Buffalo Thunder will be reduced to one lane. Motorists can expect delays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  There is an 11’ width restriction. This project is scheduled to be completed end of September 2018; weather permitting

TLC Plumbing & Utility: Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement Work In White Rock Aug. 28-29

on August 20, 2018 - 11:32am

TLC PLUMBING & UTILITY News:

TLC Plumbing & Utility will be doing a trenchless sewer line replacement Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 28-29 at 558 Todd Loop S., in White Rock.

Residents encounter road closure in front of the 558 Todd Loop S., home during the length of the project. TLC will maintain access and allow emergency vehicles through as needed.

Motorists are asked to be extremely cautious and reduce speed in the area.

Comments Sought On State STIP

on August 20, 2018 - 5:37am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s 4th Amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  The program will serve as a four-year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program.
 
The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or NM designations).
 
The NMDOT has posted the 2018-2023 STIP amendment on the internet asking for public comment until Sept.

Rocky Mountain National Park ... Worth Every Mile

on August 19, 2018 - 8:35pm

Mills Lake at the top of a trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Connor Hoch/ladailypost.com

A waterfall on the way to Mills Lake. Photo by Connor Hoch/ladailypost.com

 

By CONNOR HOCH
Los Alamos Daily Post
Summer Intern
 
Rocky Mountain National Park located, near Estes Park, Colo., is a great opportunity to lose yourself within the trees and the great paths that you can trek on.
 
You may encounter lots of people but they are taking in the same things as you. The park is great for everyone, people who love to hike and people who don’t.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Stands With Community In Raton To Support The Southwest Chief Railroad Route

on August 19, 2018 - 6:20am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich rallies with local the community Saturday in Raton to fight for the Southwest Chief. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

RATON – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich joined local elected officials and community leaders Saturday in Raton to rally in support of the Southwest Chief.

Speakers at the event included Martin Heinrich, Raton Mayor Neil Segotta, Raton City Manager Scott Berry, Colfax County Commissioner Roy Fernandez, Director of Business Operations at Philmont Scout Ranch Shelley O’Neill, and local business owner at Patchwork Phoenix Laura

Police Officers Issue Back To School Safety Reminder

on August 14, 2018 - 4:09pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to take a moment and remind motorists that school starts Thursday, Aug. 16.

Police officers will be out in school zones for traffic enforcement to ensure that all students, parents and staff are safe as the community transitions into another school year. 

LAPD also reminds motorists to stop for school buses when their red lights are flashing, and students are loading and unloading. This pertains to traffic traveling in both directions.

Let’s work together to ensure this school year is not only safe but fun.

NNSA Update: LANL Road Construction Project

on August 13, 2018 - 9:45pm

NNSA News:

Eastbound N.M. 502 traffic this week will encounter alternating lane changes as road crews continue mill and fill work on the inside and outside lanes.

Two lanes will continue to take drivers eastbound during the afternoon commute.

Albuquerque Asphalt construction crews also will begin painting traffic stripes along freshly laid roadways. Painting activities are scheduled to take place during off-peak traffic hours. Drivers are asked to watch out for the shadow car following road-striping crews.

Weather permitting, the schedule for striping is:

  • Tuesday Aug. 14 on N.M. 4;

Rotary Club Features Trade Banner Exchange

on August 7, 2018 - 4:27pm

Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Vince Chiravelle accepts a trade banner from Rotary Youth Exchange student Christopher Koh. Koh, who is entering his senior year of high school, recently told Rotary members about his 2017-2018 school year in Santiago, Chile. His studies were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and Rotary District 5520. During his year abroad, Koh enjoyed extensive travels in Chile, as well as in Patagonia. Photo by Oliver Morris

NNSA: Officials Forced To Implement Tighter Traffic Controls On NM 502 Due To Dangerous Drivers

on August 7, 2018 - 3:13pm

Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Dangerous driving by commuters ignoring road construction safety notices have forced officials to take another step to address erratic driving behavior.

State and federal officials have agreed to take whatever measures are necessary, including narrowing width of the traffic lanes along N.M 502 and further reducing the speed limit, in order to give commuters safe passage home and to work.

North Central Regional Transit District Blue Bus Promotes Health, Education, Economic Development

on August 7, 2018 - 1:11pm
By ROSEMARY ROMERO
Former Santa Fe City Councilor 

For the past 30 years, I have worked statewide and locally to address natural resource issues such as land use, water planning, forest planning and transit. Throughout the 1990s, transit was a pressing issue for Santa Fe and the surrounding communities. When I traveled the state, officials from all corners of the state were focused on transit. That is largely because transit is a regional issue for many communities.

We are a rural state, and public transit provides the opportunity for seamless connectivity between communities.

Local School Zone Flashing Light Testing Aug. 14-15

on August 7, 2018 - 7:57am

Courtesy image

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Department will be testing the school zone flashing lights in Los Alamos and White Rock Aug. 14-15 in preparation for the upcoming school year.

If you notice the flashing lights working during odd hours during this testing period, please do not call it in.

Please be cautious of the crews performing the tests.

School starts Thursday, Aug. 16. Please be mindful of the school zones. Slow down and proceed with caution. Let’s have a safe school year.

Traffic Alert: NM 502 Traffic Switch During Otowi Bridge Rehabilitation Work Starting Monday

on August 3, 2018 - 4:45am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) continues bridge rehabilitation work on N.M. 502 at mile marker 11 at the Otowi Bridge over the Rio Grande between Pojoaque and Los Alamos. 

Monday, Aug. 6 on N.M. 502, a concrete wall barrier will be placed through the work zone. Traffic will be switched over to the westbound lanes. There will be one lane of travel in each direction on the westbound lanes.

Once work is completed, the contractor, Hasse Contracting Company, Inc. of Albuquerque, will switch traffic to the east side.

Photographing New Zealand With Leslie Bucklin

on August 1, 2018 - 5:32am
Los Alamos photographer Leslie Bucklin captures New Zealand during a three week visit. Courtesy photo
 
Scene in New Zealand. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
 
LA CREATIVE DISTRICT News:
 
New Zealand, photography, travel … local artist and Los Alamos County Visual Information Specialist Leslie Bucklin will be featured during the Art on Tap series at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at UnQuarked, The Wine Room at 145 Central Park Square.
 
Bucklin will share details from her grand 21-day photography adventure touring New Zealand on a tiny ($3,000 per person) budget!

Commuters Urged To Plan Ahead; Practice Patience As Road Work Continues On East Jemez Road And NM 502

on July 31, 2018 - 4:50pm

NNSA News:

Improvements to East Jemez Road and N.M. 502 leading to and from Los Alamos will continue with traffic configurations changing often.

Construction activities on roadways leading to and from Los Alamos County have tested the patience of drivers traveling on the impacted roads with reports of dangerous maneuvers by drivers such as driving above posted speed limits and driving in the wrong direction to avoid traffic control barriers. Other violations and near misses have also been reported. Worker safety as well as that of drivers is of utmost importance.

Travelers are urged to

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Call On Amtrak To Continue Long-Distance Rail Service, Southwest Chief

on July 31, 2018 - 8:01am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of senators from states spanning the country in urging Amtrak to uphold its side of a longstanding public-private partnership to continue operating the Southwest Chief passenger train and long-distance passenger service, particularly through rural communities.
 
The Southwest Chief runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles and connects towns and cities in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
 
Heinrich, along with

New Mexico State Police Respond To Possible Hazmat Spill ... Interstate 25 Closed In Both Directions

on July 27, 2018 - 8:35am

NMSP News:

At around 4 a.m. today, New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched to a semi crash and possible hazmat situation on Interstate 25 around mile post 110 ... about 40 miles south of Socorro.

After careful investigation, the cylinders on the semi carrying chlorodifluorobromomethane, were determined not to be ruptured and there was no hazmat spill. The driver of the CMV received only minor injuries.

Interstate 25 is closed in both directions at the mile post 110. Tow trucks are working to clear the road.

Crack Sealing Project Begins In White Rock Today

on July 25, 2018 - 7:12am

COUNTY News:

Road crews begin crack sealing work today on Rover Boulevard and Meadow Lane in White Rock. This is a mobile operation and substantial traffic disruption is not anticipated.

Working hours are expected to be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and the work is expected to last no longer than 14 calendar days. Once the work is completed on Rover Boulevard and Meadow Lane, crews will continue crack sealing in Pajarito Acres and La Senda for an additional four weeks.

Drivers are urged to be patient and drive safely through these work zones.

Direct questions or comments about

Traffic Alert: NM 502 And NM 4 Road Construction

on July 24, 2018 - 3:12pm

Courtesy image

DOE/NNSA News:

Starting this afternoon (July 24) through Thursday, during rush hour, and all day Friday, the N.M. 4 single-lane hairpin turn (blue on the map) at the Y interchange that takes drivers onto Main Hill Road will close for traffic safety.

Drivers needing to get from White Rock/N.M. 4 to Los Alamos will need to go via East Jemez Road/truck route.

Construction will continue on N.M. 502 and drivers are asked to slow down to posted speed limits, be careful and pay attention to traffic signs and traffic patterns designed to accommodate construction and commuter needs.

Los Alamos Mountaineers Presentation On Adrenaline-Pumping New Zealand Adventure Tuesday

on July 22, 2018 - 8:31am

Martin Staley will talk about his adventure-filled trip to New Zealand Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Earlier this year, Martin Staley traveled to New Zealand for an adrenaline-pumping adventure across both islands. He will give a presentation about his incredible journey Tuesday during this month’s meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers.

His talk is at the Los Alamos Nature Center after the regular Mountaineer’s meeting at 7 p.m., which will cover information about upcoming outings. Staley’s talk starts by 7:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

LANL Commuters Urged To Drive Safe And Be Patient During Road Construction

on July 19, 2018 - 1:00pm

The NM 502 eastbound and westbound ramps to NM 4, shown in red, are scheduled to be closed Friday and Saturday, July 20-21. Courtesy image

NNSA News:

Work on the Supplemental Environmental Project road improvements will ramp up considerably Friday, impacting the NM 4/NM 502 interchange and lane configuration of NM 502.

The safety of the workers as well as the safety of residents is of utmost importance. Law enforcement support is being sought to ensure drivers obey traffic instructions and consider the safety of the construction workers. Commuters should account for traffic delays.

RTD 255 Mountain Trail Resumes Service

on July 15, 2018 - 8:52am
RTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District has announced that service for the RTD 255 Mountain Trail route resumed its regular schedule Saturday with the reopening of the Santa Fe National Forest and Hyde State Park.
 
The RTD “Blue Bus” 255 Mountain Trail provides service from points throughout downtown Santa Fe up Hyde Park Road through Hyde State Park and into the Santa Fe National Forest. Bus stops along the route provide access to trailheads and picnic areas, service concludes at Ski Santa Fe.
 
Note: RTD 255 Mountain Trail buses are equipped to accommodate only 10

POSTPONED: La Vista Drive In White Rock Closed Friday

on July 13, 2018 - 11:33am

This project is postponed until further notice: DPU will close La Vista Drive just east of Yosemite to all traffic Friday at La Paloma in White Rock. Courtesy/DPU

UPDATE: This project is postponed until further notice.

COUNTY News:

Gas crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will close La Vista Dr. just east of Yosemite to all traffic Friday at La Paloma in White Rock.

The day-long closure is to permit crews to repair a natural gas line in the roadway. Work is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. and anticipated to wrap-up by 4 p.m. Friday.

La Paloma will remain open to both

Governor Announces Sixth Consecutive Year Of Record-Breaking Tourism Growth

on July 13, 2018 - 7:36am
Gov. Susana Martinez announces New Mexico's 2017 visitation numbers Wednesday in Albuquerque at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that 35.4 million trips were taken in New Mexico in 2017 – breaking the record set in 2016 of 34.4 million by one million visits. This growth marks a rise of 5.6 million trips over 2010, a 19 percent increase since Martinez took office in 2011, and the sixth straight year New Mexico has shattered its record.
 
“When more people come to New Mexico it means they’re spending

Road Work Resumes Between Truck Route And ‘Y’

on July 12, 2018 - 4:09pm

NNSA News

Paving work will resume Friday, July 13, on N.M. 4 between the truck route and the White Rock “Y” interchange with N.M. 502.

This work will result in just one lane open throughout the weekend with a pilot car to escort traffic in both directions from early morning to late afternoon.

Friday commuters may want to consider using the Main Hill Road as the most efficient route to get to and from Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Regarding the project on N.M.

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