The Los Alamos Chamber has been engaged on behalf of member and business interests throughout the most recent Trinity Drive study as well as through several prior related initiatives that have looked at the issues with this important route.
Most recently, we worked with the county to be sure there would be good opportunities for the alternatives to be explained and business community input to be gathered. I participated in many of those sessions and I want to offer a summary of observations from those sessions.
At the request of a previous writer and the county engineering department, I would like to express my view of the current options being presented for improving Trinity Drive. I completely agree that Trinity is an eyesore and dangerous to pedestrians and bicyclists and some intersections are quite dangerous for vehicles as well. It is a good idea to fix it.
During the recent county council candidates’ campaign, a constant theme was to “listen to the people.” A current hot button issue is redoing Trinity Drive. I’m glad that I live in White Rock where most citizens at a large meeting expressed their disapproval of a roundabout on N.M. 4 — although a candidate later told people the idea was shelved not because of citizen input but by the lab’s worry about its trucks using the road.
I propose that the entire length of Trinity Drive be ripped out and replaced with a pedestrian park, which we can call Trinity Mall. The county will put in trees, shrubs, flower gardens, an aviary and walking and bike paths.
Not much has changed over the 23 years that we have been doing business on Trinity Drive. Year after year we see the same trends with our customers.
We serve about 400 customers a day and the vast majority of them arrive via automobile.
At lunch, most don’t travel very far, probably half come from within a two block radius. We are within two blocks of thousands of square feet of office space on the north side of Trinity.
But most of our customers choose to drive that distance. Why?
Council has an opportunity, on Tuesday, to move to improve Trinity Drive for all citizens. The proposed Option A “continuous-flow” road design is not a new, untested road strategy invented by communists to slow everyone down. It’s a proven design that has been implemented all over the country and is growing in popularity.