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Road To Open for Holiday Traffic

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The prolonged closure of Edith Boulevard at Alameda should not impact traffic headed to Balloon Fiesta Park for the city’s Fourth of July celebration, according to a Bernalillo County official.

The road is closed so crews can build a pedestrian bridge over Edith as part of the Alameda Trail project.

However, the county plans on opening the road for the celebration, said project engineer Frank Williams.

“It’s closed because crews are there doing work around the bridge,” he said. “But there is not a big hole in the road or anything.”

Catherine Lopez, spokeswoman for county’s Public Works Department, said three weeks were added to the project because of an “unexpected utility conflict at the pedestrian bridge,” pushing the completion date to mid-July.

When finished, there will be a continuously paved trail from the Alameda Open Space to the North Diversion Channel Path, which runs from the University of New Mexico to Balloon Fiesta Park. Crews are putting in a 10- to 12-foot-wide paved trail along the south side of Alameda from Fourth Street east to Edith and adding a pedestrian bridge at Edith.

Other improvements include installing railroad crossing signals and ramps at the intersections that meet requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

A little farther south, the county has started another project that will include lane closures, according to project engineer Amor Solano.

On June 18, the county began making improvements to Los Ranchos Road. Crews will install new pavement, restripe the road, add speed humps and put in signal loop detectors at the intersection of Second Street. The project spans from Edith just west of Second.

Solano said work will take place weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Los Ranchos Road going down to one lane during that time. Flaggers will help direct traffic.

“There are a lot of other ways to access the area,” Solano said. “Drivers may want to consider an alternate route during this time.”

The $450,000 project is scheduled to be completed July 18. It’s being paid for with state grant and county bond money.
— This article appeared on page 1 of the West Side Journal

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