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Road Construction Update:
Wk of August 2, 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 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.  

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.   
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 remain closed for safety. AUI is 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, driveway aprons and curb and gutter in selected areas along Capulin Rd, and Alamo Rd.  Utility work will continue on 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. 

Canyon Rim Walking Trail 
GME Emulsion, LLC continues trail rehabilitation on Canyon Rim Walking Trail from Knecht St to the trail termini at the parking lot currently under construction with the underpass. The first section of trail repair will be between Knecht St and DP road and second section is from DP Road to the trail termini. These sections of the trail will be closed during the repairs which include mill and overlay, crack sealing, and fog seal.  

No street closure will occur during the construction.  Work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, weather permitting.

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. 

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. 

Countywide Clearing of School Trails and Paths
In preparation for school to begin August 12, crews will be clearing school trails and paths starting Monday and continuing until complete. Work hours are daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

39th Street Sidewalk Repairs
Crews will be repairing sections of sidewalk along the east side of 39th St. between Canyon Rd and Gold Street. The sidewalk will be closed.  There will also be some curb and asphalt repair that will impact traffic. Flagging operations will be in place as needed. Construction work will begin on Monday and continue through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

School Zone Cleaning and Striping
In preparation for school to begin August 12, crews will be cleaning and striping school zones throughout the County starting Monday and continuing until completed. Crews will begin at 7:30 a.m. and end by 3:00 p.m. daily. Flagging operations will be in place as needed.

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 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.; barriers are being removed for access during off-construction hours but pedestrians and bicyclists should use caution if using the pathway. The estimated duration for work to be completed on the west side of the bridge is 3-4 weeks, and the overall project is scheduled to take 6-8 weeks, weather and schedule dependent. 

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:
https://www.losalamosnm.us/government/departments/public_works/atomic_city_transit/routes___schedules

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.

Anchor Ranch Rd Milling & Paving (LANL)
Crews continue 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 still closed until August 6. Drivers can still 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

Roadway reconstruction activities continue with concrete collars and sidewalk construction. These activities will impact DP Rd from Trinity Drive to Fire Station #2 with segments of the roadway restricted to one-lane traffic controlled by a flagged/signaled system.  One-lane traffic restrictions will occur only during hours of construction potentially from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.

The contractor work in DP Road 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 Road will continue during the month of August.

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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 Fridays, typically 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 are impacted by construction.  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: 7/30/21