Council seeks traffic noise fix

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County also wants firm to look at Oppenheimer/Central intersection

By Kirsten Laskey

The scope of MIG Inc.’s work in the county will extend beyond the N.M. 502 corridor study, in spite of the fact that some councilors question the firm’s ability to tackle a noise abatement project.

In a 4-3 vote, the Los Alamos County Council approved adding $65,036 to the corridor study project budget for the consulting firm to look at sound mitigation in the Eastern Area as well as conduct a study to develop design alternatives for the Oppenheimer/Central intersection.

Council agreed to raise the total corridor study budget to $383,692 during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

MIG was asked to provide plans for noise mitigation approaches including how a sound barrier could be configured along the north side of N.M. 502 between Tewa Loop and Airport Road by April 7.

The sound mitigation study is in response to a citizen petition which asked council to resolve what residents indicate is a high level of traffic noise in the Eastern Area neighborhood, which is located near the Los Alamos Airport.

Sue Pope, a resident in Eastern Area, presented the petition during the Jan. 25 council meeting. At the time, council agreed to direct staff to explore options and costs associated with mitigating the sound in the Eastern Area.

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