Brenda Fleming’s vision of an urban pedestrian/bicycle path through downtown Los Alamos is one step closer to realization.
Fleming presented a citizens’ petition advocating for such a path to the Los Alamos County Council on May 3. Council embraced the idea and directed staff to research the options with Fleming and the Transportation Board.
On Tuesday, council approved a conceptual map of proposed routes developed by a T-Board subcommittee.
Although the map marks several alternate routes, County Engineer Eric Martinez described what he called the “high priority corridor” with the greatest potential for a trail separated from vehicular traffic, something advocated for by both petitioners and the T-Board.
The ideal corridor would connect to the Canyon Rim Trail at 20th Street. Planning is underway to extend the Rim Trail to that point. Council approved $1 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds for easement acquisition during this year’s budget hearings.
In the meantime, a connector from the Rim Trail to “shared road” bike lanes on Knecht is being built as part of a current construction project.
The preferred route includes a multiuse path along the 19th Street corridor, past significant points of interest to the nature center and aquatic center