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Road Construction Update: Week of September 20, 2021

Public Works Projects: 
The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Public Works staff through contractors. For more information, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects/Public Works” link at 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.

Canyon Rim Trail Underpass 

The current highway detour will be shifted to the north side of NM502 allowing the contractor to work on the south side of the road installing precast concrete boxes and retaining walls.

The contractor began excavation for fiber optic line relocates and storm drain installation. Entrada Dr is closed a quarter mile west of Camino Entrada Rd. These tasks should be complete by mid-October.

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. Utility work will continue on Alamo Rd, Capulin Rd and Tsankawi St including new water and gas main lines. Residents will be receiving new water and gas service line connections. Department of Public Utilities staff will notify of any short time outages. Concrete work will continue throughout the project. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 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 Rd 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 open from the Nature Center to the back drive of the Aquatic Center. From there, pedestrians can walk in the bike lane area between the traffic control devices and construction fence.

The public is also reminded that the “back driveway” to the Aquatic Center is closed to the public due to construction. Please do not use this area to access the trail. Please use the trail entrance at the Nature Center to then travel behind the Aquatic Center.

Geotechnical Exploration (September 21st-22nd)

A contractor will be conducting soils boring operations along Canyon Rd (East of 39th St), as well as on 33rd St and 34th St (North of Villa St). Partial lane and shoulder closures are possible. Drivers will see signage and cones along the shoulders alerting them to construction in the area. 

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.

Canyon Glen Manhole Repairs

Crews will be adjusting manholes on Canyon Glen starting Monday, September 20th at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Work will continue until complete. Flagging operations will be in place as needed.

Bryce Avenue Concrete Work

GM Emulsion in association with Traffic and Streets will be repairing sections of sidewalk at the following locations: 105, 275, and 280 Bryce Ave starting Monday, September 20. Work will commence daily at 8 a.m. and end by 5 p.m. Sidewalks will be closed and pedestrian traffic will be diverted as needed. Please follow directional traffic control signs.

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 slowdown in work zones.

NM502 Pavement Rehabilitation Project (State DOT)
NMDOT, along with Albuquerque Asphalt Inc. will continue the pavement rehabilitation project on Saturday, September 18 at the entrance to Los Alamos from NM502 (Main Hill Rd) to Tewa Lp. Work will take place from mile marker 2 to 6. The 4-mile project is expected to occur through September 21 and will include new pavement and striping.

Saturday and Sunday, crews will work from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on the Tewa Lp to Eastgate Dr section.

Monday-Wednesday of next week, crews will work from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day to finish that section of the roadway. There will be traffic control personnel at each end of the closure, and a pilot car will guide motorists through the work zone.

At the end of each workday, all traffic control devices will be removed, and the roadway reopened to motorists. Construction is anticipated to be completed September 21. Striping will be scheduled for a later date. Motorists should use caution, obey posted speed limits, expect delays and plan accordingly. 

Los Alamos Canyon Bridge Repairs (LANL):

Work on the Omega Bridge has moved to the east side of the bridge. The crew will work this Saturday on the bridge’s east side. Crews are repairing, replacing and repainting the railings. Some work will continue during working hours on the west side. The pedestrian access will continue to be unavailable during working hours. Access will open back up at the end of the workday.

To avoid congestion and delays, consider using Atomic City Transit as a bus option to cross the bridge. Check out the Route 1 (downtown circulator bus) schedule here:

 Motorists are reminded to slow down in the construction area; the speed limit is 15 mph. Allow extra time for your commute during peak travel times in the morning and evening.

West Road (LANL):

West Rd will be down to one lane each way on September 15 and 16 for paving work from Dulce to the skating rink. Repaving is scheduled to be completed on September 16.

Pajarito Road and TA 03-1402 garage (LANL):

Pajarito Rd will be closed at West Jemez Rd on the morning of September 18. The TA 03-1402 parking garage will be closed over the weekend to update the parking notification system.

Anchor Ranch Road (LANL):

Anchor Ranch Rd will be closed from September 16 through September 20 to install a new gas line across Anchor Ranch at K Site Rd. Use Castle Rd gate to access TA-16. Security will staff the gate 24 hours a day until the road reopens. Access to TA-08 and TA-09 still will be available using the guard post.

Tunnel Work Under Diamond Drive (LANL):

Diamond Dr is closed to through traffic between Embudo and Eniwetok until early October. Improvements include removing the old pedestrian tunnel and adding a new tunnel that will improve crossing underneath the street, accessibility, and lighting, and allow for easier cleaning of the tunnel.

Access to Pajarito Rd is available via a detour through Bikini Rd. Access to buildings on the west side of Diamond Dr remains the same. On the east side, parking lots can be accessed near Eniwetok. Parking areas near Grable Rd also remain open. For access to Utilities and the steam plant, please use Grable Rd. TA-03 parking lots aren’t affected.

326 Rover Blvd Fiber Installation
Sunrise Utilities will be performing a directional bore to install new fiber at 326 Rover Blvd starting Monday and continuing until complete. Work will start at 8 a.m. daily and be complete by 5:30 p.m. The sidewalk will be closed on the north side of Rover between Kimberly and Aragon. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the south side of Rover. Questions or concerns for this project should be directed to Sunrise Utilities at 505-362-8389.

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

The majority of the roadway construction activities have now been completed. Next week, work will include the relocation of an electrical transformer on the north side of DP Rd by the Knights of Columbus to facilitate the construction of the last remaining section of sidewalk the following week. These activities will impact DP Rd from Trinity Dr to Fire Station #2 with segments of the roadway periodically restricted to one-lane traffic controlled by a flagger.  One-lane traffic restrictions will occur only during hours of construction potentially from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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 roadway reconstruction includes installation of curb and gutter, sidewalks and paving of the roadway.  All construction activities related to the reconstruction of DP Rd are now expected to be completed by the middle of October.