Council approves road facelift for White Rock

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By Kirsten Laskey

The design and rehabilitation of N.M. 4 received approval during a special county council meeting last week.

N.M. 4 is a highway that can take drivers to a lot of well-known destinations – Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Valles Caldera National Preserve.

But as drivers head toward these locations, they zip through White Rock without a glance. The goal of the project is to make White Rock another known destination on the state highway.

The project will include an enhanced two-lane roadway with left, right turn lanes and one through travel lane in each direction, right-turn lanes at major cross street intersections and left turn lanes at intersections and other high-volume turn locations.

“The current road configuration, while it’s four lanes, it’s really two lanes with turns lanes,” said Kyle Zimmerman, public works director. “So by just putting in the lanes with the right turn bay and left turn bay, it moves the turning traffic out of the through lanes so we can meet the volume requirements but we won’t have a whole extra pavement to maintain.”

The improvements also include posting 35 mph signs and new stoplights at Pajarito Road, Sherwood and Rover boulevards, although the spotlight at Sherwood would not be installed until warranted.

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