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News Alert: Traffic Backing Up On US 84/285 Near Buffalo Thunder Due To Major Vehicle Accident

on October 13, 2017 - 5:41pm

Staff Report

Police report a serious multiple vehicle crash on U.S. 84/285 near Buffalo Thunder in Pojoaque.

Ten emergency response vehicles are at the scene. Traffic is being diverted to frontage Roads.

Police anticipate lane closures in both directions are likely for several hours.


Car Collides With LAPS Truck On Diamond Drive

on October 13, 2017 - 4:09pm

No injuries are reported this afternoon at the scene of an accident in which a vehicle exiting the parking lot of the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive collided with a Los Alamos Public Schools truck. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

NMDOT Is Ready For Winter Weather

on October 13, 2017 - 8:08am
SANTA FE  New Mexico Department of Transportation crews are prepared to clear the roads and highways as the state begins to experience the winter weather season. Last year, NMDOT crews removed snow and ice from over a million pass miles.
“Our crews across the state are ready to respond to winter weather so we can keep the traveling public safe,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “If you must get behind the wheel during winter weather conditions please take the necessary precautions and give our crews plenty of room to do their job.

NMDOT Launches 'NM Bike Plan' Website And Interactive Map For Public Comment

on October 12, 2017 - 8:11am
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced Wednesday the launch of a project website and interactive map for the Prioritized Statewide Bicycle Network Plan (NM Bike Plan).
The website provides a platform for bicyclists and others to share their valuable input in the bicycle planning and route prioritization process.
Through an interactive map New Mexicans can identify currently used or potential bike routes and complete a questionnaire on user preferences.

Last Day This Year For Bandelier Shuttle Buses Oct. 15

on October 11, 2017 - 12:24pm
After a busy spring, summer, fall, and Balloon Fiesta, during which the shuttles carried thousands of visitors between White Rock and the Bandelier Visitor Center, this year's shuttle season is about to draw to an end. 
Sunday, Oct. 15 will be the last day of shuttle bus service to the park until next spring. 
"Every summer since the Las Conchas Fire in 2011, the buses have made a huge difference in visitors' experience here.

Bridge Rehabilitation Project: Pojoaque Intersection Of US 84/NM 502 And US 84/NM 503 Begins Today

on October 11, 2017 - 9:40am


SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin bridge rehabilitation work on two bridges on US 84/285 at mile marker 180.20 and mile marker 180.8 near Cities of Gold Casino in Pojoaque.

 Beginning today, US84/285 northbound and southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Traffic can expect delays during this time.

Hasse Contracting Company, Inc. of Albuquerque is the contractor for this project.

Drivers are urged to watch for workers in the area, observe traffic control signs and reduce speed to the

Countywide Road Striping Begins Wednesday

on October 9, 2017 - 9:00am


Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division will be working with contractor San Bar Construction, which will be striping various roadways throughout the county beginning Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The striping will begin on Diamond Drive and proceed to side streets from there. The work should be completed by Friday, Oct. 13, depending on weather conditions.

San Bar will not be striping during morning and evening commute hours.

Note: Be mindful of the striping equipment, follow all traffic control signs/cones and please DO NOT drive on the freshly painted stripes.

County: Trinity Drive Lane Closure Update

on October 6, 2017 - 4:31pm


As part of 20th Street Extension Project, the utility connections on Trinity Drive that were scheduled for this week have had to be postponed due to heavy rainfall received at the project site.

This work will require the existing eastbound right lane temporary lane closure to stay in place through the weekend and into next week. Weather permitting, the temporary lane closure on Trinity Drive should be removed by Friday, Oct. 13.

For more information or questions, contact the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or email

Thank you for your continued

Section Of NM 4 To Close For 24 Hours Near Tsankawi

on October 6, 2017 - 10:03am


The  Department of Public Utilities is drilling a new water well in Los Alamos Canyon and is extending the new water transmission line across N.M. 4 to tie into the existing line that takes water to White Rock.

As a result, DPU needs to completely close a section of N.M. 4 for a period of 24 hours (near Tsankawi), however, East Jemez Road (Truck Route) will remain open.

The plan is to complete this work beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 through 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. While work is underway Sunday, Oct. 22, the road will be open for two-way traffic.

Lane Closures Planned Near Trinity Drive Intersection At Diamond Saturday

on October 5, 2017 - 8:04am


Starting at 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, the concrete curb will be replaced between the eastbound and westbound lanes on Trinity Drive at the intersection of Diamond Drive east of Trinity Drive.

This work will require the closure of one of the two westbound left turn lanes on Trinity to Diamond. The eastbound through lane on Trinity Drive immediately east of Diamond Drive will be closed for approximately 200 feet, requiring the closure of the southbound Diamond left turn lane. 

All traffic will be detoured to Canyon Road, so drive cautiously and follow all advanced warning

RTD Jicarilla Route Up And Running

on October 4, 2017 - 8:57am
Here Nation leaders including Vice President Edward Velarde (third from right), Councilman Adrian Notsinneh, tribal members Jennifer Muskrat, and Leon Reval are joined by RTD Chair and Mayor of Taos, Dan Barrone; RTD Board member and City of Española Councilor, Dennis Tim Salazar; Rio Arriba County Manager, Tomás Compos; RTD staff; and representatives of Sen. Martin Henrich, Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan to launch the maiden voyage. Courtesy photo
RTD News:
The RTD 170 Jicarilla route providing fare-free bus transit service between Dulce, Chama and Farmington, in a partnership

Compass Rose Painting Completed On Runway At Los Alamos County Airport

on October 3, 2017 - 8:01am

Members of the Rio Grande Norte Chapter of the 99's organization have completed their project of painting a compass rose on the runway of the Los Alamos County Airport. They explained that the compass is used by pilots to calibrate their aircrafts. This particular compass is 42 feet in diameter. The 99's is an international organization of women aviators. Photo by Chris Clark/

The compass rose painting is now completed on the runway of the Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Chris Clark/

County: Transportation Board Meets Thursday

on October 2, 2017 - 1:26pm
The Transportation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in  Room 110 in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 
The public is invited to attend the meeting. 
3. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
  • Please Limit Public Comment to 3 Minutes.
  • Approval of the Sept.

Traffic Delays Expected On East Jemez Road

on September 30, 2017 - 7:16am



Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) advise motorists to plan for traffic delays next Thursday through Friday on East Jemez Road.


DPU will trench and install an electric duct bank across six lanes of traffic west of the Eco Station at 3701 E. Jemez. Two-way traffic will be maintained and DPU will phase the construction over the two-day period to minimize the amount of disruption.

At 7 a.m. Thursday, DPU’s contractor will close the middle eastbound lane on E. Jemez to begin trenching.

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Operating Across New Mexico In October

on September 28, 2017 - 8:11am
NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in every county across the state during the month of October.
NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

NMTA Honors State Rep. Bobby Gonzales

on September 28, 2017 - 7:42am
NMTA President Anthony Mortillaro presents Rep. Bobby Gonzalez with a model bus as Gonzales is honored by the NMTA for his untiring efforts to champion public transportation in the State of New Mexico. Courtesy photo
NMTA News:
The New Mexico Transit Association (NMTA), has honored New Mexico State Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales for his untiring efforts to champion public transportation, at its quarterly meeting Sept. 21 in Taos.
Upon presenting the award to Gonzales, who chairs the New Mexico House of Representatives Transportation, Public Works and Capital Improvements Committee,

County: Trinity Drive Lane Closures Oct. 2-6

on September 27, 2017 - 9:18am


As part of 20th Street Extension Project, construction crews will be connecting new water and gas lines to existing underground utilities on Trinity Drive at the intersection of 20th Street.

This work requires temporary lane and sidewalk closures on Trinity Drive near 20th Street, scheduled as follows, weather permitting:

  • Monday, Oct. 2 through Friday, Oct. 6, eastbound right lane.

For more information or questions, contact the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or email

The County thanks the community for its continued patience and cooperation.

Two Vehicle Crash At 15th And Central

on September 26, 2017 - 3:47pm

Both drivers are fine but this Nissan car owned by Los Alamos resident Becky Shankland, left, sustained some major damage from a collision with a truck this afternoon in the intersection at 15th Street and Central Avenue. No injuries were reported at the scene and the driver of the truck was cited for running a red light. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

This Nissan truck sustained minor damage this afternoon from a two vehicle crash at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Police on scene to sort out the situation following this afternoon’s crash

PEEC: Los Luceros Birding Trip Oct. 7

on September 26, 2017 - 8:50am

The Rio Grande at Los Luceros. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a special opportunity Saturday, Oct. 7 to go birding at New Mexico Historic Site Los Luceros.

The trip will be led by expert birder Joe Fitzgibbon, and is $10 per person for PEEC members and $12 per person for all others. This birding trip is limited to 12 participants, and expected to fill quickly.

Los Luceros is a local gem of the New Mexico Historic Sites, and was once nominated as an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA). More than 150 bird species have been seen at Los Luceros,

NCRTD Begins 170 Jicarilla Route Bus Service Oct. 2

on September 26, 2017 - 5:57am
Monday, Oct. 2, the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) will begin providing fare-free bus transit service between Dulce, Chama and Farmington in a partnership arrangement with the Jicarilla Apache Nation (JAN).
There will be four roundtrips between Chama and Dulce each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday, the route begins in the morning in Chama and continues on to Dulce, Bloomfield and Farmington.

Fall Festivals Around New Mexico

on September 22, 2017 - 1:49pm
NMTD News:
SANTA FE  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta may be the most well known, but fall is full of fairs and festivals all across New Mexico.
The New Mexico Tourism Department has created a roundup of some of the best fall events happening this season. From harvest fests to Oktoberfests, there is something for everyone in all four corners of the state.
Highlights from the New Mexico True Fall Festivals & Event calendar include:
Steampunk Spectacular in Madrid (Sept. 23): There will be live entertainment, workshops, a costume contest, and a live action role-play of a murder

RTD Launches Jicarilla Route Sept. 29

on September 22, 2017 - 6:15am

NM 502 Pavement Preservation Work Lane Closures Begin 9 a.m. Today

on September 20, 2017 - 7:54am


The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin pavement preservation work at 9 a.m. today on N.M. 502 from milepost 8.50 to milepost 18.50 from the Totavi Gas Station to Cities of Gold Casino.  

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.

Starting Today: N.M. 502 westbound lanes will be reduced to one lane for three weeks. Motorists can expect delays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There will be weekend work Saturday’s only. No work on Sunday.

Starting Oct. 10: N.M.

NM 502 Pavement Preservation Work ... Totavi Gas Station To Cities Of Gold Casino Begins Wednesday

on September 18, 2017 - 4:46pm


Lane Closures To Begin Sept. 20

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin pavement preservation work on N.M. 502 from milepost 8.50 to milepost 18.50, from the Totavi Gas Station to Cities of Gold Casino.

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 20, N.M. 502 westbound lanes will be reduced to one lane for three weeks.

Motorists can expect delays Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be weekend work Saturday’s only. No work on Sunday.


Lane Closure, Flagging Operation At 33rd & Walnut

on September 18, 2017 - 4:35pm


Los Alamos County street crews will be repairing a section of asphalt at 33rd and Walnut Street 9 am. to 3 p.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 19 and ending Sept. 21.

The lane closure will include a flagging operation to allow for continual traffic flow during this project.

This repair is due to a water main leak repaired earlier this month.