Paseo road construction traffic

A traffic jam along the construction zone at the stoplight of Los Pandos and Paseo del Pueblo Sur.

David Rey's article pleading for a "progressive" traffic solution is nothing but wrong. The concept of the Paseo being a two-lane, one-way and Camino de la Placita a two-lane one-way going in the opposite direction is also very unrealistic.

The problem is complex. Visualize the cross traffic. How would traffic on 64 east transition onto the Paseo? With no lights, no signs cars, trucks and RVs would be snarled at the intersection, with probably half wanting to go north and the other half wanting to go south. This would create a circuit with vehicles taking far longer to get where they want to go. What about crossing the Paseo to get into Taos Plaza. Who is going to stop for this ? Or, would traffic have to go and circle town to make a turn into the plaza? Imagine the frustration. Talk about luring tourists to Taos.

Would transitioning from single lane on the north end to double lanes or vice versa not snarl traffic? It probably would. Would the 64 north at Hail Creek need to be made into a 4-lane highway to make the transition seamless? Imagine the cost.

Locals can already use Camino de la Placita to circumvent the historic district traffic. I would imagine that ALL the shop owners on the Paseo in the historic district would want the two-way traffic so that everybody could see their shop without circling the town.

Yes, there is congestion in town, but this "easy solution" is anything but.

Greg Derse


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