Bandelier road paving may cause delays

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By The Staff

BANDELIER – Road paving following sewage line replacement may cause traffic delays at Bandelier National Monument.

“Construction began last September to replace the sewage lines under the main road into Bandelier National Monument,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said.

“Installation is complete but now the road on top of the sewage lines must be repaved. This will result in short delays to all park visitors entering and leaving Frijoles Canyon.”

Efforts are underway to try to minimize impacts to park visitors but there will definitely be short delays during the repaving between Monday and Memorial Day, Lott said.

Roadwork will rarely occur on weekends and will not occur during the Memorial Day weekend, he said.

Visitors wishing to avoid the construction zones are encouraged to visit other areas of the park such as Tsankawi or the Alamo Boundary Trail.

For safety reasons, bicycles will be prohibited on the main road during all phases of the repaving, Lott said.

“The purpose of this project is to assure that we have the long-term capacity to provide the restroom facilities needed by park visitors,” said Bandelier Facility Manager Liza Ermeling.

The project is administered, managed and funded by the National Park Service.

The contract has been awarded to Stoven Construction Company of Albuquerque.

The project completion date is set for the end of May.

Bandelier’s visitor center is currently open from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., seven days per week. Visitor Center hours will change to 8 a.m.-6 p.m. beginning on May 23.

The picnic area, Tsankawi unit near White Rock, and the trails in Frijoles Canyon are open daily from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Juniper Campground and Bandelier’s group campground, Ponderosa Campground, are open. Bandelier’s entrance fee is $12 per private car with the receipt being valid for seven days.

America the Beautiful, National Park, Golden Age, Golden Access, and the Bandelier annual passes are honored for entrance to Bandelier.

For information about Bandelier National Monument, call the visitor center at 672-3861, ext 517 or visit Bandelier’s website at www.nps.gov/band.