The Cone Zone: Week of July 22

COUNTY News:

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below,  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.

White Rock Milling and Paving Operations:

Milling is scheduled on the following streets: Mimbres north and south of Meadow, Lejano, Isleta, Hacienda, Granada, Futura, Ensenada, Delicado, Chiquita, Bandolina, Altura, Alhambra, Balboa, Sierra Vista, and Cañada Circle. The contractor will begin milling on Mimbres today, July 22, working through the streets in the above order. Milling operations are expected to take approximately one day for each street. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 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 significantly bad weather. Please advise children to stay away from the equipment.

Paving also begins today on the following streets: Louise followed by Bryce between east of Verbena to Meadow Lane. As work progresses next week, paving operations will move to Kayenta, both sides of Joya Loop, and then possibly Mimbres if time permits. 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.

Sage north at 15th will be closed starting Wednesday for the installation of a valley gutter; please use Sage south.

Rim Road at Canyon remains closed until the concrete valley gutter installation is complete; this intersection should be open by Friday. Residents should use 6th to Quartz as the detour route.

Concrete work continues on the west side of Arroyo Lane and the north side of Verde Ridge with the primary focus on Verde Ridge in order to reopen residential parking as soon as possible. A shallow gas line was discovered on Verde Ridge and must be lowered, which will delay concrete work in a small section of Verde Ridge.  No scheduled gas outage is required to complete this work.

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.

Oakwood Loop south at 15th will be closed Tuesday to allow for the installation of an electric and communications duct bank; please use Oakwood north.

Canyon Road between 15th and 9th remains closed to through traffic. 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:

41st and 42nd off of Trinity remain closed to through traffic to complete road bed preparation and paving operations. 43rd also remains closed to through traffic for continuing utility work, followed by concrete work.

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 existing work zones. Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with possible weekend work if necessary.

Cañada del Buey Multi-Use Trail Improvements:

The contractor will be placing 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.

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 – sign up to receive news about projects that are of interest to you!

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