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Planning for the future of N.M. 502 or parts of it has been underway since before 2007 when NMDOT and the county agreed on improvements to the Knecht to Airport Road section of N.M. 502 that would add an eastbound lane. As a result, $4M from the State and about $1.2M from the county are currently sketched into budgets for the project in 2014.
In 2010, a $300K contract was awarded to MIG, Inc. and the “N.M. 502 Transportation Corridor Study” final report, delivered in June and finalized in September of 2011, put forward a $40M plan that would reduce Trinity from five to three lanes total (from four to two through-traffic lanes) and install nine (9) single-lane roundabouts.
Joyce Cady and Victor Gavron obtained 500+ cosigners on a petition favoring four “through” lanes on Trinity. We looked at the proposed roadway, studied the highway and traffic literature and current conditions, and concluded that it could not carry current traffic volumes. Further, we found claims that “Trinity is dangerous” were based on mistaken analysis. Eventually, Ourston Roundabout Engineering confirmed that single-lane roundabouts could not carry even today’s traffic load. In September, 2011, the council ruled out single-lane roundabouts.
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