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Road Construction Update:
Wk of July 26, 2021 

 

The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Public Works staff through contractors. For more information, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects/Public Works” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.  

Public Works Projects: 

 

Canyon Rim Trail Underpass 

Detour is active on NM502 which allows the contractor to work on the north side of the road installing precast concrete boxes and wing walls.   

Due to the amount of construction activity that includes trenching, excavation and utility relocation near the trailhead, the trailhead parking lot, and a 100 ft. section of the trail near the trailhead will be closed for safety. AUI will be hauling excess material from project site to a site off DP Road. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are advised to stay alert for construction personnel and equipment and use caution traveling through the work zone.  

 

North Mesa Roadway and Utilities Improvement Project (Casa de Oro)

TLC Plumbing and Utility continues road and utility improvements on Alamo Rd, Capulin Rd, Tsankawi St, Oro Ct, Tsankawi Ct, Cedro Ct, and Big Rock Loop South.  The contractor will continue removing and replacing concrete sidewalks and placing valley gutters in selected areas along Capulin Rd, and Alamo Rd.  Utility work will continue on Alamo Rd, Capulin Rd and Tsankawi St including new water and gas main lines.  Work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting.  

Traffic signs and devices will shift vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic around work zones. Access to residents as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, school bus routes, trash and recycling collection will be maintained. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are advised to be alert for construction personnel and equipment and use caution traveling through the work zone.

Leisure Lagoon (addition to the Aquatic Ctr.)

The bike lane along Canyon Road adjacent to the construction area remains closed pending repaving.  Bicyclists are encouraged to ride in the driving lane as the material in the bike lane is soft.  The sidewalk is also closed in this area, but pedestrians can walk in the bike lane area between the traffic control devices and construction fence.

NM4 Walking Trail Closed for Repairs

GME Emulsion, LLC will be conducting trail rehabilitation on the NM4 Walking Trail from Sherwood Blvd to Monte Rey Dr. This section of the trail will be closed during repairs, which include mill and overlay, crack sealing and fog seal.  No street closure will occur during the construction.  

Work is scheduled to occur over the next two weeks. Work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, weather permitting.

Traffic & Streets Division Projects: 

The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Traffic & Streets Division staff. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

 

Loma Del Escolar Pavement Patching

Crews will be patching asphalt along Loma del Escolar Monday - Friday starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending by 3:00 daily. A flagging operation will be in effect during this project.

 

North Road Near Yucca Intersection Pavement Patching

Crews will be patching asphalt near the intersection of North Road and Yucca Street starting Monday and continuing until complete. Crews will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end by 3:00 p.m. daily. A flagging operation will be in effect during this project.

 

Countywide Roadway Striping

Crews will continue striping roads countywide until complete. There will be a moving traffic control operation. Please maintain a safe distance from the painting equipment. Crews will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end by 3:00 p.m. daily.

 

Non-County Projects:

The following road construction updates are posted below in the interest of keeping residents informed, but are being managed or conducted by others. Please obey all traffic devices and slow down in work zones.

 

Los Alamos Canyon Bridge Repairs (LANL):

Work to extend the life of the LA Canyon bridge (sometimes referred to within the community as Omega Bridge) continues on the west side of the bridge. Pedestrian/bike access is CLOSED Monday – Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To avoid congestion and delays, consider using Atomic City Transit as a bus option to cross the bridge. Speeds will be reduced to 15 mph. Allow extra time for your commute.

 

Anchor Ranch Rd Construction (LANL)

During the week of July 26, crews will be milling and paving Anchor Ranch Rd from Shed Rd to WETF Rd.

West Jemez Rd – Eastbound (LANL)

For motorists using eastbound West Jemez, please note that the right turn lane onto Diamond is closed until Friday. Drivers still can turn onto Diamond.

 

DP Rd (Work related to Canyon Walk Apts and The Bluffs – Bethel Development)

Qualcon Builders, LLC – 120 DP Rd Utility Infrastructure Replacement and Roadway Reconstruction

Paving, curb and gutter for DP Rd are substantially complete. Roadway reconstruction activities continue next week related to sidewalk construction. 

The contractor work on DP Rd is related to the new Canyon Walk Apartments (under construction) and The Bluffs senior housing (soon to be constructed). The road is open to two-way traffic; temporary traffic devices will remain until the permanent pavement marking are installed. All construction activities related to the reconstruction of DP Road are now expected to be substantially completed in August. Contact: Please direct questions and concerns to Public Works at 505-662-8150.

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 “Subscribe to Newsletters” link on the home page and click on “The Cone Zone” subscribe box.

 

About this page... This page provides citizens with basic information on County and non-County road construction projects. We are maintaining the page in the interest of keeping our citizens, visitors and commuters informed as a public service with one landing page where all information or links to information can be found.

About the Cone Zone...
The weekly Cone Zone report is posted here at the top of the page on Friday afternoons from March through November. 


Other projects:

Repaving of NM502 from Tewa Lp east to County Line
The roadway is in need of repaving and the State DOT anticipates that project will occur this year. 

N3B - TA-21 Clean Up
N3B and their contractor are working in 2021 on an environmental remediation/clean up project at the former TA-21 site (far eastern edge of DP Rd).

N3B - Middle DP Rd 
Investigative work on land parcels along DP Rd. 

Here is the N3B website for details on this project.

Future DP Road Infrastructure

The County installed the first part of infrastructure for the DP Road area in 2020, and is continuing to design the infrastructure work in 2021. Construction would begin in 2022. Additional land parcels will become available for development after the TA-21 remediation is completed. These parcels are part of DOE Land Transfers that could be used for future light industrial or residential development. The long-term plan is for infrastructure to extend to the TA-21 site as a "spine" for future development on the north and south side of the road. DP Road needs to be upgraded to include basic infrastructure that could be used by existing or new businesses or homes. For example, there is currently no sewer line in this area. The County Council approved funding for this project for FY21, and Wilson and Company is the consultant for the design of the project. A meeting was held with DP Rd businesses on April 21, 2021 to brief them on the project. Individual meetings were held with DP Rd businesses the week of May 10, 2021. A public meeting about the project was held on June 3, 2021 in conjunction with the T-Board meeting, and included details and alternatives for planning along the DP Rd area. 

What else do I need to know?

For information on Public Works construction projects, including road construction in other areas of the County, link here.

For general questions about construction, you may call the Customer Care Center at 505-662-8333 and a representative will direct your call to the appropriate office. 

For feedback on this webpage, send an e-mail to the webpage administrator.

To view traffic in various areas around Los Alamos and White Rock visit our MyDrive camera view page
camera views around town



SHOW YOUR SUPPORT, LOS ALAMOS!
Construction can be difficult and present special challenges for businesses caught in the construction zones and related/adjacent areas. Motorists tend to avoid orange barrel zones and this can have significant economic impacts on businesses. Los Alamos has many small, locally-owned and operated restaurants, specialty shops and stores on the eastern edge of Los Alamos. The County encourages residents and visitors to support local businesses, especially those on DP Road, which will likely be impacted by the construction. Other businesses at Entrada Business Park, East Gate, along Trinity/Knecht (Mari Mac and Smith's Marketplace and further west on Trinity) as well as those on Central Avenue may likely be impacted, too. The County is working with MainStreet and the Chamber of Commerce to find ways to mitigate impacts and support them, but your help is urgently needed! Allow extra time for patronizing these businesses, but please don't shy away just because of construction! They need your help to continue to operate all of your favorite and valued restaurants, shops and other small businesses to be able to provide you great products and services.

Last update to the projects listed on this page: 7/26/21