Cone Zone – Week of July 25 – Los Alamos Reporter



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Public works projects:

The projects listed in this section are managed by county public works staff through contractors. For more information, please email [email protected]call (505) 662-8150 or visit the “Projects/Public Works” link at Please slow down and use caution in construction work areas. Please note that the information below is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather conditions or other delays.

Canyon Road Reconstruction

TLC Plumbing and Utility, under contract with the Los Alamos County Department of Public Works, has begun the first phase of a three-phase road and utility construction project on Central/Canyon Road. Traffic delays are to be expected. Phase 1 begins on Central/Canyon at Rose St and continues to the west driveway of the Aquatic Center. This segment of work is expected to be completed by September 8th.

The staff back alley at Los Alamos High School will be closed beginning Monday, July 25 for one week, the alley will be removed and replaced. Crews will work on the main sewer line north of the Los Alamos High School training ground.

Phase 2 will begin on Central/Canyon at the West Alley of the Aquatics Center and continue to 39th Street. This work is scheduled between September 8 and October 1. The final phase begins on October 1 and will be the section of Canyon between the aquatic and nature centers. . The completion of the three phases of the project is scheduled for the end of November 2022.

The Aquatic Center, Canyon Village Apartments, and IHM Catholic Church can be accessed on Canyon Rd heading east from Diamond. Public Works officials ask motorists to please follow detour signs.

The intersection of Central and Rose St and the intersection of Central and Canyon are closed to through traffic. To access the United Church, Nature Center, and Jewish Center, motorists should use Rose St and Canyon Rd west from 15th Street.

Sidewalk closures are posted with detour signs to direct pedestrians away from the work area.

According to the Traffic and Streets Division, crews have adjusted the traffic light timing sequence along Diamond to help ease traffic flow. Additionally, Atomic City Transit and Park and Ride staff have adjusted bus routes accordingly. Services such as mail delivery, garbage and recycling collection and emergency services will be maintained.

Construction hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to exercise caution around construction activities, avoid entering the work area, and obey all work area signage. Motorists are urged to use Trinity as much as possible as the main artery between the neighborhoods and the city centre.

The tennis courts located on Canyon will be closed during the project as they will be used as an equipment storage area for the duration.

Public Works officials thank the community in advance for their continued cooperation and patience.

Sherwood Boulevard and Aztec Avenue

Star Paving Company crews will continue road and drainage improvements on Sherwood Blvd between Piedra Loop and Aztec Ave.

Sherwood will be closed to traffic before the Aztec intersection at Grand Canyon Dr. Residents of Sherwood will be required to enter and exit Sherwood from the Grand Canyon. This closure is necessary to facilitate the installation of a new storm drain pipe.

The closure of Sherwood Blvd from Grand Canyon to Aztec for this first phase of work will continue through the end of July, additional closures for the next phase of roadwork from Longview Dr to Aztec are scheduled to begin Monday July 25th and the final phase de Piedra to Grand Canyon Loop is scheduled for August 2022.

Traffic devices and detour signs are in place to facilitate the circulation of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in the work area.

Vehicle access is restricted to those residing in the immediate work area and mail delivery, emergency services, garbage and recycling collection. For the safety of the traveling public, residents are asked not to remove or move traffic control devices, signs and barricades. Area residents who may have special access needs are asked to contact the Public Works Department.

Working hours are subject to change depending on weather conditions and any major shipping delays. Working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cumbres del Norte Road Improvements

Star Paving crews continue curb and gutter, sidewalk and driveway removal operations on Camino Medio, and from the intersection of Camino Redondo and San Ildefonso Dr southbound on about 2,500 feet. The contractor will also perform cold milling of asphalt and grading of subsoil and base course from the intersection of Camino Redondo, southerly for approximately 2,000 feet, as well as the formation and placement of sidewalks, curbs and gutters and training pads throughout the removal area described. Expect contractor personnel and equipment to be in the area. Please exercise caution when traveling in the project work area.

DP Road (Works related to Canyon Walk Apts and The Bluffs – Bethel Development)

A contractor working for Qualcon Builders will continue building the remaining sections of sidewalk, replacing the broken curb and gutter, and cleaning and grading along the sides of DP Road. These activities will impact DP Road from Trinity Dr to Fire Station #2 with segments of the roadway periodically restricted to one lane traffic, controlled by a flagman. One-lane traffic restrictions will only occur during construction hours, potentially from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

These works at DP Rd relate to Canyon Walk Apartments and The Bluffs Senior Residences (under construction). The roadway reconstruction included the installation of curbs and gutters, sidewalks and pavement paving and the majority of which was completed in the fall of 2021. All remaining construction activities related to the reconstruction of DP Road should now be completed by the end of July 2022 (weather permitting).

Traffic and street projects:

The projects listed in this section are managed by staff of the County Traffic and Streets Division. Please slow down and use caution in construction work areas. Call Daniel Blea, Acting Traffic and Street Manager, at 505-663-8206.

Vegetation control on sidewalks and paths leading to schools

From July 25-29, street crews will conduct vegetation management on sidewalks and pathways that access all Los Alamos schools. Pedestrians should work with teams when walking along these areas. They will assist you along the work area.

Repairing a sinkhole at 435 Aster in White Rock

Crews will repair a sinkhole in the roadway at 435 Aster in White Rock. Work will begin on July 25 at 8 a.m. Crews will have a signaling operation in place. Vehicular traffic is urged to slow down and obey all traffic control devices.

Preventive maintenance of school flashers

Traffic electricians will perform preventive maintenance on school flashers in all schools from July 19 to August 8. Work will begin at each site at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Work will mainly be carried out on the shoulder of the roadway. Vehicular traffic may be temporarily interrupted, pedestrian traffic will not be affected.

Painting of school zone curbs and tracing of crosswalks continues

Crews continue to paint the school zone curbs and will work primarily on the shoulder. It is not expected that traffic or pedestrians will be impeded. Traffic is asked to slow down in all work areas and obey all traffic devices.

State Road 4 at Grand Canyon Intersection Striping Friday, July 29 at 4:00 a.m.

Crews will begin at 4:00 a.m. Friday, July 29 to paint the intersection of State Road 4 and the Grand Canyon Dr. Crews will set up a flagging operation. Vehicular traffic is encouraged to slow down at this location and follow all traffic control devices and flaggers.

Turn Lane Arrow Painting on State Road 4 in White Rock

Beginning next week, crews will install turn arrows in White Rock on State Highway 4. Crews will set up a sign operation and may change lanes intermittently if necessary. Vehicular traffic is encouraged to slow down at this location and follow all traffic control devices and flaggers.

Projects outside the county:

The following road construction updates are posted below in an effort to keep residents informed, but are managed or conducted by others. Please respect all traffic devices and the slowdown in work areas.

Concrete work on Arkansas Avenue

TALA Excavation will work with GM Emulsion to install a new curb cut with valley gutters and handicap ramps at 3901 Arkansas Ave.

Sidewalks along the south side of Arkansas will be closed to foot traffic. Pedestrians will cross at the designated crosswalk at Diamond Dr at Arkansas Ave and also at 41st St at Arkansas Ave. The work will be completed by August 1, 2022.

For any concerns or questions regarding the project, please contact Tyler Miller of TALA Excavation at 505-470-0701 [email protected] [email protected]

LANL: Bikini Atoll Road

Crews are working near the entrance to the receiving and distribution center at TA03-0030. Expect delays on Bikini Atoll from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until mid-August.

LANL: West Road

Poles and cables are being installed along West Rd. Daytime traffic will be reduced to one lane. Traffic signals indicating a lane closure will begin approximately 500 feet northeast of Omega Rd and extend approximately 500 feet west of the reservoir entrance. All traffic should obey temporary traffic lights and watch out for workers. The work should be completed in early July 2022.

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