Bypass project scrapped

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By Jennifer Garcia

Los Alamos County residents packed council chambers during Monday night’s meeting, all sitting elbow to elbow, with nary an empty seat visible.

Residents showed up to support their positions on the West Jemez Bypass project.

Emotions sometimes ran high as residents took their turn addressing council at the podium.

After a compelling presentation by project proponent Greg Kendall and comments from the public, the project was removed from the Capital Improvement Projects list on a 7-0 vote.

This is not the first time that the West Jemez Bypass project has seen turmoil.

In December 2005 council unanimously authorized filing suit against the National Nuclear Security Agency and the Department of Energy, alleging violations of the National Environmental Protection Act in approving the modified Security Perimeter Project.

Following a court settlement, the county’s initial project goals were to fulfill obligations of the court settlement, connect Diamond Drive to West Road/Ski Hill Bypass without having to go through access control check points, improve traffic operations, provide improved Research Park access, eliminate U-turns and minimize construction impacts.

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