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County OKs Canyon Rim Trail Alignment Alternative 3

on December 25, 2014 - 1:14pm

During its final meeting of 2014 on Dec. 16, Council approved 6-0 a motion made by Councilor Rick Reiss and seconded by Councilor David Izraelevitz to direct staff to move forward with Canyon Rim Trail Design Alignment Alternative 3. Councilor Steven Girrens attended the meeting by telephone but had to leave the meeting prior to this vote. Councilors from left, Fran Berting, David Izraelevitz, Chair Geoff Rodgers, Vice Chair Kristin Henderson, Pete Sheehey and Rick Reiss. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Diagram of the three alignment alternatives for Canyon Rim Trail. Courtesy/LAC

STAFF REPORT

At its final meeting of 2014, members of the Los Alamos County Council voted 6-0 to approve the selection of Canyon Rim Trail Alignment Alternative 3.

The Transportation Board had recommended Alternative 3 for the alignment of the Canyon Rim Trail at its Dec. 4 meeting saying it had the least amount of impact to adjacent residences as well as the lowest cost.
Wilson and Company (WCI), the Canyon Rim Trail Phase 2 design consultant, had presented to the Transportation Board the three alternative alignments for the segment of the Canyon Rim Trail between Fire Station #6 and Smith’s Marketplace.

The three alternatives:

  • Alternative 1 tracks from Fire Station #6 along the north edge of DP Canyon, turning south east of the Knights of Columbus Hall, with an estimated preliminary cost of $2,335,000. Per a previous request of Council, this alternative does not require a bridge to complete the link to Smith's Marketplace.
  • Alternative 2 tracks from Fire Station #6 along the north DP Canyon edge, turning south at approximately Arroyo Lane, with an estimated preliminary cost of $2,055,000.
  • Alternative 3 tracks from Fire Station #6 along the north edge of DP Canyon, turning south just east of Arroyo Lane, with an estimated preliminary cost of $1,745,000.
County staff and the Transportation Board recommended Alternative 3 for two primary reasons:
  • Alternative 3 would have the least impact to the adjacent residential area; and
  • Alternative 3 has the lowest preliminary cost estimate for the project. 
WCI will now move forward with the preliminary design for Alternative 3 with final design completion expected in April 2015. The project will then return for Council consideration of a proposed award of the construction bid. Should Council approve moving forward, construction is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2015.
 
Construction of this phase is related to Council's Strategic Goals (Improve transportation and mobility). There is currently $1.3 million in local funding allocated to the design and construction of this segment of the trail. The approved design budget is $200,000 and is partially funded with NMDOT grant funds in the amount of $75,327. Additional grant funding for the construction phase, scheduled in Calendar Year 2015, is anticipated to be $212,541.

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