MIG's contractual requirements

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How public impacted N.M. 502 corridor design recommendations

By Khalil J. Spencer

In July 2010, based on its qualifications and experience with designing roadways, MIG, Inc. was awarded a project to study the N.M. 502 corridor from Los Alamos County’s east boundary to Diamond Drive and to develop a design recommendation conforming to several requirements for modern roadways.  
This corridor includes all of Trinity Drive.
The purpose of this viewpoint column is to discuss MIG’s contractual requirements, summarize what the current design recommendations are and how public input affected these, and explain what remains to be done during the design process.  
We are particularly concerned with correcting misconceptions held by some of those who oppose the current design alternatives proposed by MIG and endorsed by two county boards.
One of the requirements given to MIG is to design a roadway that accommodates current and projected future traffic loads, including a generous 1 percent per year increase in these loads for the next 20 years.  
Thus, there is no basis for assuming a substantial diversion of traffic from Trinity to Central Avenue (or for that matter onto East Jemez Road); it is speculative at best to opine that traffic loads and crash rates will increase on Central Avenue as a result of the new Trinity design.

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