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This is to warn the citizens of Los Alamos that an effort is being made to discredit the currently proposed re-design of NM 502 (Trinity Drive), which some have called the Zimmerman option, using two myths:
Myth #1. “The proposed roadway would provide lower capacity than the current road and would increase congestion.”
Myth #2. “The roundabout would lead to ‘built-in’ traffic conflicts and would present an unsafe environment for cars, motorcycles, and pedestrians.”
These myths contradict the judgments of professional traffic engineers who have been hired by the county and have presented their findings at meetings of the NM 502 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).
Fact #1. Using formulas in the Highway Capacity Manual, County Traffic Engineer Kyle Zimmerman, P.E., has determined that the lane configurations in the Zimmerman option will accommodate our traffic volumes until the year 2030.
This is corroborated by studies presented to TAC by traffic engineering firms Ourston Roundabout Engineering and Parsons/Brinkerhoff.
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