A long-running construction project on the south end of Taos has shifted this month from the Tewa/Albright Intersection to the Paseo del Pueblo Sur to the Siler Road/Los Pandos intersection.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) in a written statement said it entered Phase- 2B of the project beginning the week of Sept. 13, which is set to end in early November. One lane of traffic will continue north and south between the two intersections while the phase is completed. Phase 2A, which began in April from the Siler/Los Pandos intersection to Quesnel Road/Camino de la Placitas intersection, is still under construction.
Alternative driveways into businesses are expected to remain in use through mid-October. Affected businesses include Ace Hardware, Big 5 Sporting Goods and Smith's. Crews are also working to extend a concrete box culvert near Hinds & Hinds/U-Haul, according to NMDOT.
Regular construction hours will continue Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Crews may work longer hours or on weekends if needed.
People traveling through the area should “expect delays and obey the 25 miles per hour speed limit,” reads the update from NMDOT.
The almost $22 million project will continue through late 2022. Following a winter break from November or December through March or April of next year, crews are set to move into Phases 3 and then 4. In a written statement from NMDOT the project is meant to correct “deficiencies” and “reduce congestion and add new ADA ramps, sidewalks for pedestrian access for safety and mobility.”