Fiber project may cause traffic delays

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By Jennifer Garcia

Construction projects and road closures seem to go hand in hand. Drivers traveling along Trinity have seen some lane closures lately, particularly between Knecht Street and 20th Street.

On Monday, roadwork will begin along Trinity down to Knecht Street and traffic will be affected. Los Alamos County started a new project on Tuesday that’s related to the current Airport Basin project. According to a press release from the Public Works Department, the Airport Basin Site – Fiber Optic Installation project extends from the Central/Knecht intersection in downtown Los Alamos eastward to the Airport Basin Site, behind DeColores Restaurant on NM 502. Crews will install the fiber optic infrastructure needed for computer and phone service at the new county/schools facilities.

Capital Projects and Facilities Project Manager Dan Erickson said the intent of the project is to run fiber from the IT headquarters at the library and get the backbone down to the Airport Basin Site. “The conduit is in place, but the fiber hasn’t been pulled yet,” he said. He also said there’s existing conduit for 1/3 of the distance of the project. Construction of the first three buildings at the Airport Basin Site will be completed by December 2009.

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