Diamond Drive Phase 2 nears completion

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By Jennifer Garcia

Some Los Alamos residents might feel that the Diamond Drive project is one that seems to be dragging on forever, and like all construction sites, there have been delays, detours and frustration from drivers trying to navigate through the construction zone.

With autumn quickly approaching and an Oct. 30 deadline looming for completion of Phase 2, it may appear that the work will go on well into the winter months, which would mean even bigger headaches for residents who drive that stretch of road.

Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman wants to squelch any concerns the public may have about the project not meeting deadline.

“If the contractor doesn’t finish the work, he’s responsible for snow plow and ice work (in the winter). That’s a big incentive to finish the work on time,” Zimmerman said.

He said that snow control would cost the contractor between $25,000 and $50,000.

Zimmerman has come up with a backup plan in case the contractor's plans go awry.

“Plan B is to ensure that at least one layer of (mat) pavement on the entire roadway is in place before starting on the second mat. Worst case, having one mat in place would allow striping to occur at a minimum, the vehicular travel lanes would be open,” he said.

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