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  • Valles awarded $545K grant

    The Valles Caldera Trust has been awarded a $545,000 federal grant that will allow visitors to tour the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the quiet comfort of a solar powered all-electric shuttle bus. The grant is one of 29 awarded nationally by the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Authority.

    The grant will fund the purchase of an all-electric 26-passenger ADA-compliant shuttle bus to replace two gasoline-powered 12-passenger vans currently in use. Construction of a solar photovoltaic panel array to power the vehicle, establishment of charging stations and a garage to house the bus are also included in the funding.

    “The grant allows us to test the durability and suitability of all-electric vehicles on our roads and terrain,” said Dennis Trujillo, executive director of the Valles Caldera Trust. “We hope the experiment will lead to conversion of the entire fleet to all-electric vehicles, which will reduce the environmental impact to the preserve, enhance the visitor experience and reduce costs.”

  • 502 redesign moves toward completion

    After many rounds of proposed plans, public meetings and input from consultants, the redesign of one stretch of N.M. 502 appears to be nearing completion. The plan calls for reconstruction of Trinity Drive from Knecht Street to Tewa Loop.

    The project is funded in the FY2014 New Mexico Department of Transportation District 5 State Transportation Improvement Program in the amount of $3.8 million. The county’s match of $1.125 million is allocated from the Capital Improvement Program budget.

    A design approved by council in February 2012 had to be revised in December after NMDOT and the Federal Highway Administration rejected it. The new design addresses minimum Level of Service issues for side streets Arroyo Lane and Sombrillo Court by adding an additional eastbound lane along the entire corridor.

    Reaching an agreement between NMDOT, FHA and the county has taken so long that the Environmental Impact Statement must be updated before the project can move forward. As part of that process, NMDOT and the FHA sponsored an open house to get public feedback last week. NMDOT representatives and county staff were on hand to answer questions and hear feedback. Approximately 45 people attended the meeting.

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  • Eastbound I-40 reopens in Albuquerque

     

    The New Mexico Emergency Operations Center is advising motorists that I-40 eastbound will be re-opened at 11 a.m. in Albuquerque.

     I-40 is still icy and snow-covered in Texas and into Oklahoma.  I-40 will be re-opened in phases in Texas; currently it is closed until further notice from Amarillo to the Oklahoma state line.

     Motorists are advised to seek southern alternate routes out of Albuquerque and Amarillo.  I-25 and U.S. 285 are open for traffic. Texas officials will divert traffic at Amarillo south onto US-287 to Dallas.  Motorists are advised to use caution.

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  • First Person: Cutting Edge Tunnel Poised to Open

    A pair of slick new mile-long tunnels in California is undergoing final safety tests this month, poised to divert motorists away from an ocean cliff-hanging roadway dubbed Devil's Slide to a smooth, Alpine-like passageway unlike any in the U.S.

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  • Johnson wins Daytona 500; Patrick eighth

     

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.

    Patrick made history up front at the Daytona 500 Sunday, only to see Johnson make a late push ahead of her and reclaim his spot at the top of his sport.

    It was the second Daytona victory for Johnson, a five-time NASCAR champion who first won "The Great American Race" in 2006.

    Patrick, the first woman to win the pole, also became the first woman to lead the race. She was running third on the last lap, but faded to eighth at the finish.