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Posted 12/12/2023

Press Release

Construction of NE/SE Connector Road(s) in Santa Fe County Postponed for Winter Season

Santa Fe, NM- Santa Fe County Public Works announces the postponement of pavement and weather-sensitive construction for the Northeast and Southeast Connector Roads project beginning Friday, December 15, 2023. To date, approximately 90% of the earthwork and 85% of waterline and drainage culverts have been installed, with two of the six roundabouts open to traffic.

 

Santa Fe County Public Works will however continue to work during the winter months installing solar lighting, waterline, and drainage culverts on the Southeast Connector and Avenida Del Sur as weather permits. Public access within the work zones is strictly prohibited. Traffic control and barricades will be in place along the following construction zones:

  • Northeast Connector west of Richards Ave to existing Rabbit Road.

  • Southeast Connector south of Rabbit Road to Ave. Del Sur.

  • Del Sur east of Richards Ave to the Southeast Connector.

These work zones pose significant hazards to pedestrians and motorists if breached, emphasizing the need to strictly adhere to safety precautions. Santa Fe County prioritizes constituent safety, urging all pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists to respect road closures and take precautions when navigating work zones. 

Construction is expected to resume by the end of March 2024 or weather-permitting conditions.

For more information and additional safety resources, please contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager 3 at jpbaca@santafecountynm.gov

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Posted 10/19/2023

Press Release

Richards Avenue at Dinosaur Trail Reopens Ahead of Schedule

SANTA FE, NM-The Santa Fe County Public Works Department is excited to announce an early opening of the newly constructed roundabout at Richards Avenue and Dinosaur Trail. Effective Friday, October 20, 2023, at 3:00pm Richards Avenue will be fully operational and open to traffic. This is the second of six roundabouts slated for the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads Project.

While we are satisfied to reopen Richards Avenue in advance of schedule, we want to inform our residents that the west connection to Dinosaur Trail will be established at a later date. In the interim, the existing signalized intersection located south of this roundabout will remain in full operation to ensure consistent traffic flow. Moreover, the east connection to Rabbit Road is currently under construction and will be opened at a later date.   

On September 11, 2023, the contractor commenced work on this roundabout with the strict timeline to complete and reopen Richards Ave within (60) calendar days.  Due to an aggressive schedule and optimum weather, this work was completed in (40) days.

This is a great example of the commitment made by Santa Fe County to the community, to streamline any disruptions to traffic while we complete this important road project. Santa Fe County envisions the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads project as the most dynamic transportation conduit of the Community College District, strengthening connectivity and safety in this growing community.

For additional information regarding the project, please contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager 3, at jpbaca@santafecountynm.gov.

For media-related queries, please contact Olivia Romo, Communications Coordinator, at orromo@santafecountynm.gov.

Posted 9/5/2023

Press Release

NOTICE - Beginning Monday, September 11, 2023, the contractor for Santa Fe County will begin construction of a roundabout at Richards Avenue, north of the Dinosaur Trail intersection for the NE/SE Connector Project. To safely accommodate the construction, it will be necessary to close a segment of Richards Avenue.

Richards Ave. will be closed immediately north of Dinosaur Trail extending north, to immediately south of Zinnia Lane (north of the I-25 southbound bridge).  This closure will be in effect for up to 60 calendar days. During this time, Santa Fe County will provide detour and business access signage identifying alternative routes around the closure.

In advance of the temporary closure on September 11, please be aware, that beginning on September 5, earth work will be occurring in the area and flagging operations will be instituted. While a closure is unnecessary for this work, minor traffic delays may occur.

Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are advised to seek alternate routes and urged to allow additional time to accommodate the detours.

For additional information regarding this project, please contact Santa Fe County Public Works at (505) 992-3010.

Thank you for your patience, continued cooperation, and please use caution in the work zones.

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Press Release

First completed roundabout for NE/SE Connector Roads Project- Photo taken by Johnny Baca

Posted 7/20/2023

SANTA FE, NM-The Santa Fe County Public Works Department is excited to announce an early opening of the newly constructed roundabout at Richards Avenue and Ave del Sur. Effective today, at 5:30pm the roadway will be fully operational and open to traffic. This is the first of six roundabouts slated for the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads Project.

In addition to this reopening, the Rancho Viejo trail connection located at the southwest quadrant of this intersection has also been completed and will officially reopen to pedestrian and bicycle traffic this afternoon.  Please consider taking advantage of the new segment of trail during these long summer days and as always, please be safe.

For additional information regarding the project, please contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager 3, at jpbaca@santafecountynm.gov

 

For media inquiries, please contact Olivia Romo, Communications Coordinator at orromo@santafecountynm.gov

Posted 5/5/2023

Notice – Beginning Monday, May 22, 2023, the Contractor for Santa Fe County Public Works Department (SFCPWD) will begin construction of the roundabout at the Richards Avenue and Avenida Del Sur intersection. To safely accommodate the construction, it will be necessary to close a segment of Richards Avenue and Avenida del Sur. Richards Avenue will be closed from south of the Santa Fe Community College main entrance to East Chili Line Road in the Rancho Viejo Subdivision. Avenida del Sur will be closed from Canada del Rancho to Richards Avenue. These closures will be in effect for up to 60 calendar days. During this time, 
SFCPWD will provide detour and business access signage identifying alternative routes around the closures. 
 
Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are advised to seek alternate routes and urged to allow additional time to accommodate the detours.  
 
For additional information regarding this project, contact SFCPWD at (505) 992-3010.  
 
Thank you for your patience, continued cooperation, and please use caution in the work zones.

Phase IV Detour

Posted 4/8/2023

Updated 4/10/2023

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Meeting Recording
Available - Click below

Posted 3/27/2023

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Santa Fe County to Host Virtual Town-Hall on Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads Project

SANTA FE, NM- Santa Fe County will be hosting a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. to give an update on the progress of the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads Project. In response to numerous constituent inquiries regarding the development of the project, County Commissioner Hughes, District 5, has arranged and will moderate the respective public meeting.

After twenty years of planning and implementation, the County began construction of the Northeast/Southeast Connector Road(s) Project (NE/SE Connector) after a celebratory ground-breaking ceremony on January 23, 2023. The NE/SE Connector is comprised of 3 new roadway segments contributing 3.88 miles of new multimodal infrastructure within the Santa Fe Community College District. The project is the County’s proactive strategy to alleviate the anticipated population growth in the area by providing alternative travel choices. The NE/SE Connector roads will improve the connectivity through the Community College area, will reduce traffic along Richards Avenue, and provide road options in the region that doesn’t exist currently.

The meeting will feature Santa Fe County Public Works Director, Brian Snyder and Engineering Services Manager, Ivan Trujillo who will discuss the construction schedule, route impacts, trail closures, and the extension of Avenida del Sur. Staff will be accompanied by Matthew Nighbert, Transportation Technical Sector Director with Souder, Miller & Associates who is the design engineer for the project.

To join the Webex meeting, click here: NE/SE Connector Town-Hall Webex Meeting Access; Meeting number: 2485 812 5354 and Password: SpBpGEbQ423

Please fill free to leave a comment on the project comment page.

For any further inquiries regarding the meeting, please contact Constituent Services Liaison,

Olivia Romo at orromo@santafecountynm.gov

Spur Trail Closure

Posted 2/14/2023

NOTICE the Spur Trail will be closed, at the locations shown below for the duration of construction. We will have your trail open as soon as construction is complete, and it is safe.

NOTICE: Construction is estimated to start February 13, 2023, and it is anticipated this will lead to an increase in traffic congestion related to construction activities. Please check this webpage for updates.

Posted 2/6/2023

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