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Week Of May 6-12, 2024

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has released the following construction news for the week of April 6:

Public Works Projects:

Los Alamos County Public Works’ staff manages the projects listed in this section through contractors. For more information, please email [email protected], call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects/Public Works” link at https://lacnm.com/pw-projects. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the information below is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

DP Road Phase II Reconstruction Project to begin May 6

Los Alamos County Public Works Department is under contract with TLC Plumbing & Utility to start work on the DP Road Phase II Reconstruction project on May 6. The project on DP Road will start near the Los Alamos Fire Department Training on the west end and continue to the east end of DP Road entering TA-21. The contractor has begun preliminary work such as utility locates, construction staking, staging area, and yard set up.

TLC Plumbing & Utility will work 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday with weekends as needed.

To minimize disruption, TLC Plumbing & Utility crews will notify and coordinate with affected businesses and residents on certain construction logistics, utility upgrades, and traffic changes as work progresses.

Beginning May 6, traffic control work will start with a flagging operation to establish a work zone in the eastbound lane and adjacent parking lot south of DP Road to install multiple utilities. Traffic will be detoured south of the existing parking from a location near the Los Alamos County Fire Station and ending near Franks Supply Company.

Flaggers will be available for large vehicle delivery pickup and drop-off and access to TA-21.

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Motorists will need to follow the detour signs. The detours will ensure ingress and egress to businesses. Business access points through the construction zone will be limited. However, parking and access will be available from the westbound lane of DP Road for ADA parking, private parking, and pedestrians. 

Beginning May 6, parking in the existing lot south of DP Road will no longer be available.

Vehicles will need to be relocated to private parking or to the new temporary parking established by the project in the County parcel. The first temporary parking area will be accessible near the Los Alamos County Fire Station, the second will be accessible south of the ACE Hardware store.

Services such as mail delivery, trash and recycling collection, and emergency services will be maintained. Businesses can expect large equipment and construction noise. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to use caution around construction activities and avoid entering the work zone outside of designated detour paths.

Rose Street Reconstruction Project

Los Alamos County Public Works Department is under contract with TLC Plumbing & Utility on the Rose Street Reconstruction Project for Rose Street from Central Avenue to Peach Street, including sections of Peach Street and Spruce Street. The contractor will continue with placing the tie-ins of the 8-inch and 14-inch waterlines and gas line services next week. In coordination with the Department of Public Utilities. The contractor will continue to work on installing concrete sidewalks, curb and gutter, and storm drains.

To minimize disruption, crews will notify and coordinate with affected residents on certain construction logistics, utility upgrades, and traffic changes as work progresses. Motorists will need to follow the detour signs. The detours will ensure ingress and egress to residences. Residents can expect large equipment and construction noise.

Services such as mail delivery, trash and recycling collection, school bus, transit, and emergency services will be maintained. 

Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are advised to use caution around construction activities and avoid entering the work zone. Construction hours are planned 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All questions, concerns, or special access needs should be sent to the Public Works Department at [email protected] or call 505.662.8150. Public Works thanks residents for their cooperation and patience.

Urban Trail Phase I and II Project

Hasse Contracting Company Inc., under contract with Los Alamos County Public Works to construct the Urban Trail Phase I & II Multi-use Trail Project, will have construction activities at the following locations downtown and along and off Canyon Road during the week of April 15.  

Weather permitting, areas impacted include (see included maps below):

              • Final grading and landscaping will continue during this week in the following areas. Periodic closures of the trail and sidewalks may be needed to accomplish this work. Pedestrian detours will be provided when this occurs.
    • Area 1: Within the Fuller Lodge grounds adjacent to Central Ave. and heading north towards the Romero Cabin
    • Area 2A: 20th St. from the Youth Activity Center driveway, north to the main access to 475 20th St.
    • Area 2B: 20th St. from Trinity Drive to Ashley Pond Park parking lot driveway: The trail and sidewalk at the intersection of Trinity Drive and 20th Street will be closed to make repairs during this week. Pedestrian detours will be provided when this occurs.
    • Work Zone Area 4: Within the Fuller Lodge grounds starting at the Romero Cabin and continuing north to Nectar Street – Additional construction activities may requiring periodic closures of the section of trail in the area adjacent to the Ancestral Pueblo site. Pedestrian detours will be provided when this occurs.
  • Work Zone Area 3: Within the wooded area by the Canyon Road Tennis Courts – The tennis courts parking lot will be closed for the duration of the construction and utilized as a staging area by the contractor. The tennis court and wallboard are closed. Alternatives for tennis and wallboard can be found at Urban Park, Myrtle Tennis/Pickleball Courts, Piñon Park, and Barranca Mesa Park. Activities will include the construction of the piers for the precast boardwalk along the east and north sides of the work area and the excavation and construction of the trail alignment from Spruce Street.
  • Work Zone Area 5: Peach and Ponderosa streets – The section of Peach Street between Nectar and Ponderosa streets will remain closed with traffic detoured to 19th St. The section of trail along Peach and Ponderosa has been opened to pedestrians. Some additional construction activities will occur in this area that will require periodic closures of the trail section. Pedestrian detours will be provided when this occurs.
  • Work Zone Area 6: Canyon Road, Tennis Courts to Aquatic Center – The contractor will continue construction of the trail along the north side of Canyon Road between the Tennis Courts and the PEEC Driveway. The shoulder along the north side of the Canyon in this area is closed. Two lanes of traffic will generally be maintained with flagger operations used when a lane is needed for construction vehicles to have access to the work area. Vehicles and bicyclists are asked to “share the road” where these shoulder closures are occurring.

Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are advised to use caution around construction activities and avoid entering the work zones. Construction hours are planned 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekend work may be necessary if construction activities during the week are impacted by weather.

All questions, concerns, or special access needs should be sent to the Public Works Department at [email protected] or call 505.662.8150. Public Works thanks residents and businesses in advance for their cooperation and patience. For additional project details, visit the Public Works Department Urban Trail Project webpage.

Loma Linda Road Improvements Project

Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc. will continue work on all streets in the Loma Linda Neighborhood. The project is in its final stage with punch list items and light pole installation. The project is scheduled for substantial completion end of May.

Ingress and egress to residents’ homes and the Loma Linda neighborhood will be maintained. The county is requesting that residents park their vehicles in their driveways to allow the contractor room to work in the area. Services such as mail delivery, trash and recycling collection, school bus, and emergency services will be maintained and coordinated.

Work zone traffic control will be in place, so please proceed with caution regarding the large equipment. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are advised to use caution around construction activities and avoid entering the work zone. Construction hours are planned 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All questions, concerns, or special access needs should be sent to the Public Works Department at [email protected] or call 505.662.8150. Public Works thanks residents for their cooperation and patience. 

Utilities Projects:  

Los Alamos County Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) staff manages the projects listed in this section. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Contact the Customer Care Center 505.662.8333, [email protected], or visit ladpu.com/Projects. 

Quemazon Place Road Repair Scheduled

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Three gate valves in the Quemazon subdivision sprung leaks recently. The rushing water of the first two and subsequent repairs destroyed a section of roadway.

Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities (DPU) and the Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division collaborated on a plan to fix the road.

The work begins Monday, May 6 and lasts two weeks:

  • Week one (May 6-10): Road grading and soil compaction in preparation for asphalt; and
  • Week two (May 13-17): Paving and curb/gutter replacements.

The work zone, which is on Quemazon between Tranquilo and Corona, will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the repair. Traffic can be detoured through Tranquilo and Corona. Drivers are asked to exercise caution near the work zone. 

The water breaks are due to corrosion on the underground piping system. DPU staff has developed a plan to proactively replace valve hardware in the subdivision as the pressure impact of repairs increases the likelihood of breaks to neighboring valves. While the valves themselves are still in good condition, the bolts and other hardware holding them together are corroding. Stainless steel replacements for these items are on order, and DPU water crews are putting other preventive measures in place to prevent additional leaks. 

Traffic & Streets Projects:  

Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division staff manages the projects listed in this section. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Call Daniel Blea, Traffic and Streets Manager, for concerns 505.663.8112.  

Asphalt Patching in White Rock Continues

Weather permitting, crews will be patching asphalt at 46th and 48th streets. A flagging operation will be in place as needed. Work will continue until completed. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

Asphalt Patching in White Rock Continues

Weather permitting, crews will be patching asphalt at 36 Grand Canyon Drive, 338 Kimberly and 566 Brighton Street. A flagging operation will be in place as needed. Work will continue until completed. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

Countywide Roadway Striping Continues

Signs and Markings crews will strip roadways countywide until the project is completed. Pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle traffic are urged to slow down, avoid the painting equipment and crew, and avoid driving on the wet paint.

Road Closure on Quemazon Place between Tranquilo and Sereno Continues

A water line break occurred Wednesday, April 24 on Quemazon Place. Utility crews removed large sections of roadway to make the required repairs. Another water main ruptured on Quemazon Pl. between Sereno and Corona, sending water to the first location, destroying the prep work done by Streets to lay asphalt.

The time required for Utility crews to complete repairs determines the timeline for Traffic and Streets crews to make repairs to the roadway. Crews are anticipated to begin roadway repairs starting Monday, April 29, and will continue until completion.

The work zone, which runs along Quemazon Place between Tranquilo and Sereno, is closed to through traffic for the duration of the repair and cleanup. Work will continue through May 10. A pedestrian detour will be in place. The sidewalk on the south side of Quemazon Place between Tranquilo and Corona will remain closed through the week.

Non-County Projects: 

The following construction projects are not funded by Los Alamos County. Updates are included to keep residents informed of potential traffic impacts. Questions should be directed to the parties identified within each description. Please obey all traffic devices and slowdown in work zones.

Concrete Work on 35th St. off Trinity Drive Continues

In association with Pavilion Construction, Cornerstone Contractors will begin installing sidewalks, curb and gutter, and other concrete work along 35th Street off Trinity Drive. This is part of the scope of work associated with the Hills Apartment Complex. Construction will continue through May 24, 2024. Work will begin at 7 a.m. and finish by 5 p.m. daily.

For questions regarding this project, contact Joseph Nevarez at 505.385.7746.

Lane Shift at the Entrance to Canyon Village Apartments begins May 9

Sunland Asphalt and Construction will be closing the northern-most westbound lane at the entrance to 3200 Canyon Road to repair the entrance to the Canyon Village Apartments. The eastbound turn lane at 3200 Canyon Road will be closed. The lane shift will require motorists to share the lane with bicycles.

Work will begin at 7 a.m. and be completed by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9. For questions regarding this project, contact Sunland Asphalt and Construction at 505.934.8322, and Project Manager Jason Gallegos.