Taos road project resumes after pandemic-related delay

A road worker with El Terrero Construction uses a circular saw to carve through the pavement on Paseo del Pueblo Sur outside the Coffee Apothecary in 2020. The overhaul of the main roadway through Taos is expected to finish in late 2022.

Beginning the week of July 26, the New Mexico Department of Transportation will be moving into its “2-B” phase of construction along NM-68, shifting construction from the middle of the road on Paseo del Pueblo Sur to the right side. This will move both north and southbound traffic to the west side of the road.

Instead of blocking left turns for traffic heading both directions (which is currently the case), the new construction will only prohibit southbound traffic from turning left in the construction area, with the exception of designated intersections.

The construction will begin at the Tewa Street/Albright Street intersection. From there, it will continue north to the Camino de la Placita/Quesnel Street intersection, with one lane of traffic open in both directions.

Until July 26, construction crews will be finishing “phase 2-A”, which is currently between the Siler Road/Los Pandos Road intersection and the Tewa Street/Albright Street intersection.

Regular construction hours are 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, although “crews may work longer hours or on weekends as needed,” according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

The re-haul of the main roadway through Taos began in March 2020 and is expected to finish in late 2022. A winter break is planned for December through April, according to a spokesperson for the project. The total cost of the construction is estimated at $21.9 million.

For additional information or questions, visit www.taosnm6864.com or www.nmroads.com. Questions can also be directed to Patti Watson, at (800) 687-3417, or (505) 269-9691.

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