Construction Zone 04-17-11

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Road Construction Update: Wk of April 17, 2011

Public Works
For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.

NM502 Truck Traffic (Airport Runway
Extension Project)
Expect heavy volumes of slow moving and turning truck traffic on westbound NM502 through mid-May. As the trucks climb the hill, its speed slows to 20-25 mph and is further reduced when the trucks make the turn onto airport property. Do not tailgate, do not pass in the turn lanes, pay attention to the traffic ahead of you, and expect 5-10 minute delays.

Diamond Drive
Phase 4 2011
Paving of the Canyon Road access to Sullivan Field and the First Methodist Church will occur early this week and Canyon will reopen.

On Wednesday, April 20, the west leg of the Trinity / Diamond intersection will be closed for night work beginning at 6 p.m. and reopen by 7 a.m. Thursday morning. This closure is needed to trench across Trinity Drive to install conduits for the streetlights. Traffic will be detoured to Sandia or 43rd to Fairway, to West Road. Weather or mechanical delays may change this date.

On Monday, April 25, at 8:30 a.m. the west leg of the Trinity/Diamond intersection will again be closed for milling, paving, and reinstallation of roadway markings. This work should be accomplished in one day. Traffic will be detoured to Sandia or 43rd to Fairway, to West Road. Weather or mechanical delays may change this date.

Please stop at the white stop bar markings and Stop Here on Red signs at the traffic signals. Large trucks are having difficulty making turns when vehicles stop too far forward at the signalized intersections.
Delay times remain consistent at an average of 10 minutes. Thank you to all of you who have adjusted schedules, continue to take Atomic City Transit, carpool, or use alternate routes.

Northbound from
the Bridge
Expect two lanes, with a left turn bay at West Road, through lane, and right turn lane into the hospital parking lot. Two lanes continue northbound with the right lane peeling off to eastbound Trinity. Those in the left lane may turn left onto Trinity, turn left onto Canyon (Sullivan Field) once paving is complete, or continue northbound through the intersection. Please Note: During the evening commute, instead of turning left onto Trinity or left into Sullivan Field (once paving is complete) and causing traffic behind you to stop, please seek an alternate route. Once past Trinity, one lane continues northbound through the work zone.

Southbound from
University Drive
Expect two southbound lanes south of Sandia.  The left lane is a through/left turn lane at Canyon Drive and a left turn lane at Trinity Drive. The right lane is the through lane for traffic crossing the bridge, as well as right turns onto Canyon, Trinity, and West Road. There is also a left turn bay at West Road to provide access to the Medical Center.

If you typically use N.M. 502 to access LANL work sites south of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge, you are urged to use the Truck Route or Pajarito Road to minimize the traffic volume going through the Diamond/Trinity intersection.

Park and Ride bus stop between Trinity and West Road is now located at Trinity and 39th. The southbound Atomic City Transit bus stop on Diamond Drive at the Lemon Lot has been moved to Canyon Road west of the Catholic Church. The bus stop north of Canyon near the High School Jock Lot is closed; use the bus stop near Orange.

Pedestrians will be directed to the east side of Diamond Drive at West Road. Pedestrians should stay on the east side of Diamond through the work zone and cross at the overpasses or Sandia/Orange.
Take a lane or dismount and follow the pedestrian path; alternate routes are highly recommended.

High School Students
Access Mesa Field via Sandia/40tt/University. Access the Duane Smith parking lot via Orange Street.

Work Zone Reminders
Do not enter the construction boundaries, stay within the provided vehicular or pedestrian access area. Construction areas are closed to the public for obvious safety reasons. Use the queue space provided, take turns merging at the merge point, don’t block intersections, and drive defensively.
Moving established traffic control devices endangers lives and is a crime punishable by a $300 fine and/or 90 days in jail. Please report suspicious activity or suspected tampering to the Police Department by calling 911 or 662-8222.

Please check the County’s Web site, www.losalamosnm.us/Projects, for the most current updates. If you are a current subscriber to the county’s website email newsletter option, please note that this function is no longer working.
Construction updates are posted on the website each Friday explaining traffic control to be expected for the following week.
You may also call the Public Works Department at 662-8150, send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us,  or stop by for the Open Office Hour at the Public Works Department any Thursday between 3:30-4:30 p.m., 1925 Trinity Drive, Suite B.