NM502 Project update - 2016

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Los Alamos County has an excellent policy for designing its streets:

[The design approach shall provide] sufficient capacity and safe and comfortable travel for expected levels of motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, and operators of other evolving modes of transportation...

Main objectives discussed in 2011 for improvements to the intersection of Trinity Drive and Central Avenue include

  • Handle rush hour traffic more effectively
  • Improve service for turns from Central onto Trinity
  • Improve service for pedestrians

Status of County/NMDOT plans

  • NMDOT update flyer published in January, 2016; County Public Works web update March 1, 2016
  • Roundabout design 95% completed as component of NM502/Trinity Project.
  • Construction scheduled to begin in Spring of 2017.
  • NMDOT current estimated project cost is $7.1M.

Citizen assessment of current design

  • A detailed 90-95% design drawing for the roundabout was obtained by Joel Williams and circulated among concerned county residents, February, 2016.
  • Over the period of January through early March, 2016, several residents have published Letters of Concern in the Los Alamos Daily Post, the Los Alamos Monitor, and/or online.
  • William Mead and Joel Williams presented design critiques in brief "Public Comments" at the Transportation Board Meeting of 3/3/2016.
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