Lab set to tighten security on Pajarito Road

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Los Alamos National Laboratory at the direction of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office will restrict access on Pajarito Road to only Laboratory badge holders effective Monday, Aug. 12. This means that Laboratory personnel and subcontractors will no longer be able to “vouch” for non-Laboratory personnel such as family members.

“Our Laboratory and security access procedures are continually reviewed and updated to ensure we provide a secure working environment for our employees and visitors,” said Michael Lansing, the Laboratory’s Associate Director for Security and Safeguards. “Entry to the Pajarito Corridor provides access to our most sensitive areas and now is restricted to those with a valid reason and badge to enter this area.”

Pajarito Road has been access controlled for several years. Only individuals who have federal or Laboratory issued badges can travel this road, which traverses through several Laboratory technical areas and intersects with NM 4 on the east end and Diamond Drive on the west end near the main Technical Area 3.

The Laboratory and the Los Alamos Field Office of the NNSA are in the process of notifying local government and school officials, about the planned changes to access on Pajarito Road.

All vehicles entering LANL property are required to stop at the East and West Jemez Road "Vehicle Access Portals" (VAPs) for vehicle checks. Drivers must show  picture identification (DOE or federal badge or valid driver's license) before proceeding at the direction of Protective Force officers. 

Pajarito Road is open to badge holders only.

At all the VAPs, drivers must vouch for their passengers.

Random vehicle inspections

Everyone, including members of the public, who enter the Laboratory is subject to random vehicle inspections. 

Drivers notified of an inspection must move to the search area indicated by the Protective Force. An inspection team, including canine, will inspect the entire vehicle, including items being towed. Upon completion, drivers will either be given permission to proceed or their vehicles secured as necessary.

Anyone who refuses a search will be requested to turn around and will be routed through West Road or NM 4.

Explosive detection canine patrols

The parking areas or structures at the Laboratory will continue to have explosive detection canine patrols. If a canine detects a threat, the Protective Force as necessary will re-route traffic or cordon off the area until an explosives team determines it is safe for re-entry.