LL Main Street to receive sidewalks

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Main Street in Los Lunas from Los Cerritos Road to Los Lentes Road will be getting new sidewalks on both sides of the street.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation and contractor G. Sandoval Construction began work on Monday.

Some of the driveways that are no longer necessary will be removed, and new sidewalks will be added and old sidewalks will be replaced to improve pedestrian and ADA accessibility.

The work has been designed to minimize traffic problems by utilizing non-peak traffic hours and evening hours, said Phil Gallegos from NMDOT.

Parks and Recreation Director Michael Jaramillo said during the work, there will always be one lane open in each direction.

"We've been wanting to fix some of the sidewalk problems that we have on Main Street," Jaramillo said. "What I mean by that is, we have a lot of driveway accesses that don't go to anywhere, or go to a wall. The village and the DOT have been trying to find the money to fix this."

If pedestrians are walking to Luna Mansion, they walk up and down and up and down, because of all the driveways. It creates an unsafe situation, so the goal is to close up the driveways to nonexisting properties, Jaramillo said.

The project is scheduled to take 75 calendar days and should wrap up the first week in May, Gallegos said.

The $315,000 project will consist of miscellaneous paving, curb and gutter with sidewalk, permanent signing and other miscellaneous construction and ADA components.

Lane closures will be kept to a minimum during the project, and when lanes must be closed to haul away old concrete and pour new concrete, DOT will try not to exceed 24 hours.

"The New Mexico Department of Transportation is actually managing the construction of this project, we're fortunate to be the beneficiaries of it," Jaramillo said. "We're working with them, but they're paying for the whole thing."


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