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Lane closure slated for Saturday

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Parts of a pedestrian bridge will be installed on the Canyon Rim Trail

By Special to the Monitor

Installation of a pedestrian bridge on the Canyon Rim Trail south of the Los Alamos Airport is scheduled for Saturday. A 100-foot crane will lift the pre-fabricated bridge and set it on four concrete piers that were formed last week.

The use of the large crane will require traffic control on East Road, also known as N.M. Highway 502.

Traffic on the highway will be reduced to one lane during the installation. Vehicles will be directed to a temporary road surface on the north shoulder of the highway. Flaggers will direct the flow of vehicles one lane at a time. The traffic impacts should last about six hours beginning at about 7 a.m. on Saturday. Drivers headed into or out of Los Alamos may want to avoid delays by using West Jemez Road (the truck route) during the morning and early afternoon.

Kiewit New Mexico is the design-build contractor for the pedestrian bridge. Final bridge design was approved in April and Arizona Structure Technologies will deliver three 90-foot spans on Friday.

Work on the 7,600-foot segment of the Canyon Rim between approximately the entrance to the county shops at Pajarito Cliffs (the airport basin) to the East Park area began in August 2009. The trail is scheduled to be open for use in early August.

For more information, visit the Parks Division web site at www.losalamosnm.us, or contact County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin at 663-1776.