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Regarding the West Jemez Road Bypass (WJB), your article quoted LANL Traffic Engineer and Transportation Board member Trask as saying, “if we are going to spend money at all, then we should do it correctly.”
Nothing could be more accurate. How incorrect it would be to spend vast sums of resident tax dollars for an expensive and unneeded long stretch of asphalt right along the edge of Los Alamos Canyon. Los Alamos County needs to get beyond the anger of DOE constructing the “toll booths” and make our own future.
The stated project goals of WJB are to 1) provide an improved evacuation route, 2) provide unrestricted access to the ski hill and Jemez and 3) stimulate tourism. Minor improvements to West Road provide for these goals and do so in a far superior manner than WJB. As an example, West Road provides an evacuation route that doesn’t require Omega Bridge and it avoids the already difficult intersection at Diamond Drive and Jemez Road.
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