Welcome to Street Talk, the program that
brings public meetings to your doorstep. I’m Dave Edwards, and I’ll be your
moderator for this meeting which concerns Interstate 25
and University Avenue. Today is September 28th, 2017. If you’re
watching tonight, we are able to take your questions live. Feel free
to visit us at I25-University.com to give your suggestions on
tonight’s subject matter a proposed improvement project for the ramps and
streets at Interstate 25 and University Avenue. This is the first of several
meetings we’ll be having on the topic and its purpose is to acquaint you with
the scope of the planned upgrades. We also aim to give you the information
you need to make recommendations and comments about how the project can be
improved upon. To review each of the ways to participate in tonight’s meeting
visit i25-University.com. The New Mexico Department of Transportation
and they’re selected consulting firms of Bohannan Huston and Molzen Corbin
are committed to reaching out to the public and we hope you find this format helpful
and engaging. Let’s begin with a pre-recorded presentation. I’d like to introduce our panel of
transportation professionals who have joined us both here and remotely to help
summarize this project. With us, we have Wyatt Kartchner, Vice President at Molzen
Corbin and the i-25 University Avenue Project Manager. Trent Doolittle, District
One Engineer at New Mexico Department of Transportation. Albert Thomas, Senior Vice
President at Bohannan Huston. John Taschek, Senior Project Manager from Ecosphere
Environmental Services. Roy Gibson, Senior Project Manager at Bohannon Huston.
Joining us remotely are Loretta Reyes, Public Works Director for the City of
Las Cruces. Amanda White, Project Manager at Bohannan Huston.
Jerry Paz, Executive Vice President of Molzen Corbin. Dale Harrell, University
engineer at New Mexico State University. My first question is for Wyatt. Where is
this project taking place? This project is taking place here in Las Cruces at
the I-25 University Interchange. The Interchange was originally constructed
in 1966 and was reconstructed again in 1988 and then rehabbed in 2012. Our study
limits for this project extend a little bit beyond the interchange itself. We’re
looking from Lohman Avenue to the North, all the way to 10 / I-25 Interchange to
the South, and then along University Avenue, from Telshor to Locust, but the
construction itself will be focused at the I-25 University Interchange. Trent,
can you tell us the issues that need to be dealt with at this location? The
biggest issue we’ll be addressing is the safety concerns. We have access issues
with I-25 Southbound. Specifically at Traviz intersection and the Pan Am
parking lot to the University. This project will address those safety issues
through incorporation of on and off ramps directly into the Pan Am parking
lot. We’ll be extending Traviz under University, connecting the
North and South side and we’ll be addressing safety issues with the
Traviz intersection. We will also be replacing the bridges on University over
i-25 to allow pedestrian and multimodal access on University. Now wasn’t this
area just worked on recently? Yes it was recently worked on. In 2010, another
consulting firm, Gannett Fleming West, did a corridor study for this interchange.
And part of that corridor study had a phased approach to the construction of
this project. As you may recall, there was the loop ramp that was reinstalled in
about 2012. The acceleration and deceleration lanes were extended on
Southbound i-25, and then just recently, the i-25 Missouri Bridge Project was
completed, where we added a third lane on i-25 between University Avenue and
Lohman. The Gannett Fleming West Proposal, which was done in 2012 was a
phased approach and their recommended alternative in 2012 has had some changes
that need to be looked at because of changes that NMSU is incorporated since
then their original proposal did not allow for access along Traviz Avenue
into the parking lots for Pan-American center during special events and so that
was problematic and so with this project we’re looking at new alternatives for
that interchange so in simple terms what exactly are you planning to do as Wyatt
indicated earlier the the DoD had completed a study and environmental
document and we have been asked to update that study for the current
conditions we’re gonna be preparing an interstate access change request which
in transportation engineering terms is called an ia CR the IC r is going to
document operational characteristics of the existing conditions the new
conditions as Wyatt discussed it’s going to identify alternatives that were
considered for improving this interchange it’s going to summarize the
alternatives analysis that’s been conduct
to select a preferred alternative for this location and really it’s going to
provide the justification for improvements being proposed at this
interchange location this document will be submitted by the New Mexico
Department of Transportation to federal highway administration for their review
and approval the reason the document is needed is
because we’re changing configuration of this interchange which modifies the
current access to interstate 25 and anytime there’s a proposed change to
interstate access we need federal highway administration’s approval the
other component is public involvement anytime there is a public works project
it’s important to reach out to the public and engage a community in the
decisions associated with that project the previous project held several public
meetings now that we’re updating the study we want to inform the public about
the progress of the study and to get their input that’s a primary purpose of
this public meeting in addition to public meetings as you mentioned earlier
we’ll have a project website and that will have project information that’s up
to date and the project website will also be used to gather additional public
input our contact information will be available on that website sort of
welcome to contact any of the design team members if you have any questions
or comments this project includes an environmental process the project
includes the update of the previous environmental document that was
completed in 2011 the environmental document for this project is a
categorical exclusion that follows the state’s location study procedures and
complies with the National Environmental Policy Act and then the last will be the
design when the study is complete we’ll be completing a preliminary and final
design for the interchange so that the DoD can take this to construction so
what alternatives did you look at well when we started this project we looked
at probably 20 maybe 25 alternatives basically any idea that we could come up
with we kind of sketched it out and then we met with the NMD ot our other
stakeholders which include the city of Las Cruces and NMSU
and we began to screen those alternatives
some of the goals that we had with this project was a direct connection of i-25
southbound into NMSU Traviz underpass under University Avenue and then access
to I 25 southbound from Traviz and so once we had that criteria we eliminated
a lot of the alternatives and we narrowed it down to basically the top
three those top three alternatives were studied in more detail the first
alternative that we looked at we called University A – Traviz A. This alternative
includes an offset alignment of University Avenue which allows for the
construction of the new bridge of University over i-25 and then as you can
see on the figure here we are taking I-25 southbound and you are able to make
two movements you can either go up to University Avenue and turn left to go to
the farm and ranch museum or go right and down University Avenue you can also
take a movement that takes you under University Avenue to the NMSU campus
where there is a t-intersection which is signalized we also have Traviz Avenue
going underneath University Avenue with another T intersection here this
alternative we had some concerns with of wrong-way drivers going on to i-25
southbound ramp and it also limited the number of people that could get back on
to interstate 25 southbound the second alternative that we looked at in detail
was University A Traviz D. This alternative we also offset University
Avenue to the south to allow for the construction of the new bridges over I
25 for University and in Las Cruces in this portion of the interstate the
frontage roads like Traviz is a two-way frontage road and so unlike El
Paseo, where we have one-way frontage roads or US 70 where there are one-way
frontage roads we have two-way traffic so we can’t take an interstate ramp
directly into the frontage road as they’ll be in the wrong direction so we
used a concept known as the diverging diamond and so you go through an
intersection Traviz would wear would actually cross over and be driving
on the left-hand side of the road if you will and that allows for the i-25
southbound traffic to merge into the Traviz traffic freely and then we
combined everything and put them back in their right side of the road with a
roundabout and then the final alternative that we studied in great
detail was University a true VCE this alternative we shifted University Avenue
to the south to allow for the construction of the new bridges and like
all the other alternatives I 25 southbound could go up to University
Avenue turn left or right or go under University Avenue to a large roundabout
where Traviz also comes under University Avenue into that roundabout and then you
have access directly to i-25 southbound so how did you determine which option
was the best way to go well it starts first with the traffic analysis we did
existing traffic counts to understand what the flows were during the peak our
movements today there’s about 1,500 to 2,000 vehicles that use University in
this location the interstate carries about 4,000 vehicles per hour
we also counted pedestrians and bicycles which in this case there’s not
facilities at the interchange for those so it is very minimal in terms of the
number of pedestrian and bicycles that were using this interchange at this time
from there we developed a traffic model this was to help us understand how
traffic patterns are going to change over the next 20 years we calibrated
that model using information from the Mesilla Valley MPO model they have a
2040 transportation model that takes a look at growth land-use projections
different configurations with that are going to happen over the next 20 years
with the transportation system regionally and so we calibrated our
model with that and we determined what the 20-year traffic volumes are going to
be how much traffic is going to be using this interchange in 20 years
so we analyzed each of the alternatives to understand how the traffic was going
to operate for each of them and we use this factor to determine
which one would have the best operational analysis at this location
we also didn’t just look at the traffic and how that intersection would work
operationally wanted to make sure that it met other criteria and so we came up
with an evaluation matrix which is basically just a list of criteria that
we graded each of the alternatives on so we looked at planning considerations
which was the conformance with state local and stakeholder input we looked at
the societal impacts which are the environmental impacts both cultural and
economic we looked at design considerations so the ability for the
project to meet the design objectives and the geometry is it something that’s
common or not safety is always a big concern and so we wanted to make sure
that the alternatives that we selected was safe and then as Bert mentioned we
looked at the operational considerations and then finally cost we don’t have an
unlimited budget and so cost us come into a consideration and then all of
those alternatives are then given a score and then the one with the highest
score is the recommended alternative so what can you tell us about this
recommended alternative well once we did our complete analysis
the alternative that we recommended was University a Traviz E this alternative
as I mentioned before we use an offset alignment for University Avenue this
allows us to construct the bridge over i-25 without disturbing the existing
university traffic it also allows us to build the new bridge which the i-25
southbound ramp will go underneath and Traviz will go underneath without
disturbing the existing traffic this as we walk through this I’m going to start
as if you were driving on i-25 south so if you’re on i-25 south and you want to
go to University Avenue you’re going to take one exit and at that point you’re
going to be able to make a decision do I want to go up to University Avenue or do
I want to go underneath into Traviz. If you want to go up to University Avenue,
you can stay in the left lane go up to University Avenue to a signalized
intersection where you can turn left to go to farm and ranch Museum for
example or turn right to go down to University Avenue
if you want to go into the pan-american center or to Traviz, you can get in the
right lane in that southbound off-ramp and go underneath University Avenue into
this large roundabout in this roundabout there’s multiple legs so you can have
multiple decisions as to where you would like to go if you want to go back to the
north along Traviz, you can simply take that first exit on the roundabout and go
to the north you can also go back to University
Avenue or to Arrowhead Drive by taking the next exit of the roundabout and then
finally if you want to go to say the new Beacom Center or to Arrowhead Park you
can continue around the roundabout and out there it also provides direct access
back on to i-25 southbound with Traviz going underneath University Avenue we
added another leg to Traviz and so we used a roundabout there as well to tie
all of those things together some other improvements that I want to point out is
the multi-use trail so the multi-use trail the thérèse trail goes
underneath University Avenue at this point as well and then it also continues
along thérèse to the new NMSU trail system that they have installed we’ve
also incorporated sidewalks on to Traviz which aren’t currently there
Amanda I’d like to hear more about the bridges and the retaining walls this
project involves the construction of two new bridges on University the first
bridge will span over the new portion of Traviz that was discussed earlier the
second bridge will replace the existing University bridge over i-25 both bridges
will be designed and constructed to minimize impacts to the public the
current university alignment will be shifted north so that a portion of the
bridges can be built while allowing traffic to continue flowing on
University Avenue also the new University bridge will provide span
links that will allow for future widening of i-25 numerous retaining
walls will be required for the completion of this project many of these
will be mechanically stabilized earth walls or MSC walls these are cost
effective walls that did not require a significant amount of ex
vation and they can be built without significantly affecting the traveling
public as we have seen in recent weeks it’s important to handle the issue of
drainage what’s your plan on this project for this project the N MDOT
has these drainage criteria which they use for the entire state they have a
drainage design manual and drainage criteria and for an interstate system
such as this we use what we consider in engineering is the 100 year and the 50
years storm events for our design so with this project we are going to
generate a little bit of excess water from what’s there today and so we’ve
identified some ponding locations within the interchange configuration to store
that water we’re also going to extend the large concrete box culverts which
are near well Street as part of this project to allow for that lane to get in
there our better traffic signals a part of the
plan yes we’re going to be reconstructing all of the intersections
on University Avenue in this area so Traviz the southbound and northbound
off-ramp intersections and the loss of tourist don rosa intersections will all
be reconstructed with that we’re also going to be installing new signal
equipment at those intersections so we’ll be upgrading the existing signal
equipment to newer equipment but we will also be adding lanes for capacity at
some of those intersections to turn lanes to make it easier for traffic top
right through there the new signal equipment will have vehicle detection so
it’ll be allowed to detect vehicles that are waiting at a stop light and be able
to then cue up the controller to change it to a green at the right times the
other thing that we’re going to make sure and do is signal interconnect so
we’ll be tying all of these signals together so it as traffic progresses
through this corridor they should be able to start at a green light and
continue to the green light all the way through in the in the primary movements
this is a very busy area so what is your plan for preventing traffic snarls so
construction phasing is one of the very important parts of this project and one
of the aspects that we’ve taken into consideration and even in the planning
stages one of our objectives on this project is to keep
two lanes of i-25 open in each direction throughout construction and also keep
two lanes in each direction of University Avenue open this will require
at time some night closures to reconstruct the bridges or demolition of
the existing bridge those will all be done at night and scheduled and there
will be detours for the i-25 traffic to do that we’ll also have some detours on
the local streets on Traviz but access will be maintained throughout
construction and as this project progresses into construction one of the
things that the NMD ot has done a great job of doing is having monthly public
meetings where the contractor who’s actually out there building the project
on the ground presents their schedule to the public and tells them exactly what’s
going to go on throughout the project and we’re also having a project website
where you can go to and see what’s actually going to go on in construction
and then they’ll also be updates on the radio and the newspaper as well Trent
houses project financed currently the majority of it is through federal
funding but as with most federal funding there is a state match which the
department is paying for but at this point it is federal and state and then
how long is this project going to last right now we’re in the preliminary
stages of design but it’s expected that this project will last about 18 months
this project will affect New Mexico State University what’s their
involvement thank you for the question and the university’s involvement in this
project is probably our main involvement is you have easy access to campus for
both students faculty and staff and the public we do a lot of venues from Pan Am
center football games hosting the bands at our Athletic Complex things like that
and we just need to make sure that the students the faculty the staff the
public have an easy way to get on campus and this design with the two roundabouts
one on the north and one on the south allows that easy
says for everyone it also allows for easy access getting off of campus once
you’re on the campus actually it’s easy to get on i-25 south from the South
roundabout you can get back on to University Avenue and get on to I 25
north so that’s probably our main reason for doing the double roundabout design
we’re also looking for branding opportunities for the university this
will be the main gateway to the University and so the university is
looking at branding this gateway on to the University for main reason is
looking at art and history of the campus on the west side of campus on the south
side of Horseshoe back in 1910 a set of gates were built for the main entrance
to campus that were made of stucco and concrete and and wrought iron those were
replaced in 1924 with the Miller gates which are still standing today they were
made the same way and Animus she was looking to put some type of symbolic
historical gate structure on this Westin on the east end of campus to brand the
campus and match east and west we would also like to do some type of branding in
the roundabouts in the median parts of it in MSU logos Pistol Pete may be a
bronze of Pistol Pete or Pistol Pete riding a horse within MSU flag or
something like that along with the gates probably the biggest reason for our
involvement in this project is we are going to be taking care of a lot of
these areas we take care of them now the area south of University Avenue we do
all the landscape NMSU picks up all the trash along the
fence line of i-25 we maintain all the street lighting that’s on Traviz on
the south side of University Avenue so that we’re willing in a misused willing
to take that on again with the new construction whatever it might be so we
want to be a partner with the city of Las Cruces in MDOT and promote the
University Loretta can you tell us about the involvement by
the city of Las Cruces thank you Dave the city of Las Cruces and the NMD ot
have had a long history of working together in this community the i-25
University Avenue interchange project is just one of the many many projects that
we have collaborated on over the last several years the city of Los Cruces is
a stakeholder in this project we have a team of individuals at the city that are
participating in project meetings they’re reviewing information and
they’re also providing project input additionally we are discussing with the
NMD ot proposed agreements for the city to maintain landscaping traffic signals
and streetlights associated with this interchange project the idea for this
project has been around for some time and the city is very happy that this
project is becoming a reality and we are excited that we are participating as a
stakeholder in this project process Albert I see a couple of roundabouts a
part of the design can we get more information on them sure are at grade
free-flow intersections cars are required to yield as a entrance around
about but they’re not required to stop in many cases roundabouts smooth traffic
better than other intersections they’re not recommended for all locations but in
the areas where we do recommend them a lot of times they’ll work better than a
stop controlled intersection and even sometimes better than a signalized
intersection our design recommended alternative has two roundabouts on the
local surface streets one the south side of University Avenue in
front of NMS use parking lots and the second one is on Traviz on the
furniture just north of University Avenue Roy why
don’t you talk about the design characteristics of each other on the
belts both roundabouts were design using the federal administration roundabouts
guidelines in conjunction with the city of Los Cruces roundabouts design guide
the South roundabouts has a hundred and seventy-five foot inscribed diameter the
175 foot dimension is measured from the center of the roundabout to the outside
of the furthest Lane and all the way across the roundabout is sized large
enough to accommodate semi trucks that will be using the southbound exit ramp
to access Traviz or the southbound on ramp on the i-25 the north roundabout
has a 135 inscribed diameter this is very similar to the size of the Las
Cruces downtown area roundabout and is size to accommodate buses delivery
trucks emergency vehicles such as fire trucks the roundabout will have splitter
islands at the entry points to help divide the n-channel eyes and provide
refuge for pedestrian crossings the roundabout will also have dedicated
pedestrian crossings on the west side of each round about these car crossings are
typically safer at a roundabout because pedestrians will only have to are only
required to cross one line of traffic at a time as opposed to a traditional
signalized intersection which would require a pedestrian across multiple
lanes every project has environmental and legal requirements John can you fill
us in on the ones related to this project yes Dave I think Albert
mentioned that because the project has federal money were required to comply
with the National Environmental Policy Act and all the related environmental
laws and what NEPA process requires is that the design team conduct the studies
and consider the potential impacts of a project and Aoife
process usually focuses on topics that are most relevant to the specific
project and then considers the results of those studies in the decision-making
processes that go into the design for this project we are going to prepare
categorical exclusion and we’re going to focus on those topics that are most
relevant the natural environment is highly disturbed in the project area
there are for things like wildlife wetlands endangered species really
aren’t relevant to this project there are no cultural resource impacts related
to the project there have been previous surveys and studies done in the area and
there are no impacts anticipated the things that are important are community
related issues others have mentioned traffic during construction that’s an
important consideration for the university for the businesses in the
area for emergency services and for the community as a whole that goes through
and uses the interchange Roy described the plans for pedestrian and bicycle and
transit facilities part of our process is to comply with local plans for
transportation and ensure that all modes of transportation are addressed so we
will be enhancing the pedestrian system providing for bicycles and providing for
the three providers of transit in the area visual impacts are another area as
we have discussed the federal highways arts and aesthetics funding program is
available to mitigate visual impacts from a project and we anticipate using
those funds to enhance the new bridge structure with art and aesthetic
features hazardous materials air quality are not
issues in this corridor one of the topics that has been discussed is noise
as part of the Missouri interchange a noise study was done and the findings of
that study showed that most noise comes off of the parallel frontage roads to
the interstate and it is not possible to construct noise barriers and maintain
access to the residential areas that are on either side of the interstate for
this project most of the immediate area is occupied
with commercial and institutional uses so we do not anticipate noise mitigation
for those land uses however we may do an additional study for the golfcourse area
which is currently being replanned and by the university at this point so
that may be something that we delve into in more detail as the study proceeds and
that’s pretty much it for the environmental effects of the project as
we know them now part of the NEPA process is public involvement and
identifying concerns that people in the community have and that’s one of the
things that we’re doing here tonight we’re starting this public involvement
process Jerry do you have anything to add to this yes thanks Dave I’d like to
add a little bit about the sustainability efforts on this project
the New Mexico Department of Transportation 2040 long range
multimodal transportation plan outline sustainability efforts that they hope to
achieve in the coming years the NMDOT has elected to you incorporate the
envision rating system on this project to document the level of achievement in
meeting those goals on the i-25 University Avenue project the envision
rating system is managed by the Institute for sustainable infrastructure
I acai for short which is an independent organization that will provide
verification of our team’s sustainable achievements envision was specifically
selected by the NMD because they’re rating categories align
very well with the NMD ot’s 2040 plan objectives some examples of sustainable
actions that we will have on this project include number one public
awareness and transparency this very meeting is an example of how our project
team is reaching out further to the community and stakeholders to get a
broader audience and more input unto the development of his project these and
other public information activities that we will carry out through the duration
of the project will bring together the community in a way that is unprecedented
number two material resource and allocations the existing bridge over I
25 on University Avenue will be demolished so that a new structure can
be constructed our goal is to recycle the material left over from this bridge
demolition and other materials from demolition that can be used as a
resource for the new project concrete from the O bridge can be crushed up and
repurposed for high quality back field needed for new mechanically stabilized
earth retaining walls similarly materials from old roads that
are obliterated can be used for recycle asphalt paving or other project backfill
efforts to recycle materials will minimize the use of rock quarries and
new material sources as well as saving project dollars by not having to
purchase and haul those materials number three energy efficiency this project is
committed to using renewable solar energy for project streetlights the
lights will be specified to be high efficient LED lighting saving power
consumption over the life of the roadway light our project also hopes to reduce
light scatter by removing some of the high mass lights that are there now and
replacing them with overhead poles that are closer to the surface
number four multimodal enhancement this project has a real opportunity to
interconnect multiple levels of multimodal uses in the area by
collaboration with stakeholder entities the city of Las Cruces currently has an
award-winning Traviz walking running bicycle trail that essentially dead-ends
into University Avenue this project will carry those facilities under University
Avenue and connect to the Animus uses borrowed
trail north of the football stadium by interconnecting these facilities it
significantly opens up the opportunity for an improved regional trail system in
addition Roadrunner Transit has a stop on the University Avenue across from the
pan-american Center Aggie Transit has a stop on the pan-american Center parking
lot and commuter service to El Paso could all be enhanced with a more
central hub that this project could facilitate this interconnected transit
combined with walking running and bicycle facilities that are all
connected will be a real boost to multimodal travel in the region once
again the New Mexico Department of Transportation commitment to project
sustainability in the years to come will be demonstrated on this project and
evaluated by ISI using the envision rating system and all project
sustainability components will be independently checked by I assign
national verifiers at this time this project is anticipated to receive the
envisioned goal rating which is one of their highest awards thank you Dave you
mentioned the visual impact so a lot of projects recently have incorporated this
terrific artwork into the construction so any plans to do that here yes we
anticipate that there will be aesthetic treatments for this project the
department incorporates bridge arc treatments into projects where possible
because they express local and community values they provide a sense of place and
they have other community benefits federal money is as I think I mentioned
federal money is available for art and aesthetic treatments if it provides
mitigation for aesthetic or visual impacts from a project we anticipate
that it will be available for this project the process for selecting an
artist and developing the art is one used by the New Mexico
troll fairs public art arts program the theme is derived from the local
community a prospectus is posted on the call for entries website which has over
a hundred thousand artist members who have an opportunity to get on art
projects interested artists submit a portfolio a local selection committee is
established to review the arts and Middle’s the committee for this project
will be made up of department personnel local artists representatives of NMSU
and representatives of the city of Las Cruces the panel will choose five
finalists the five will present concepts and will be paid an honorarium if a
final selection is awarded and then there is public input there is
additional public input on the art concepts and the final concepts
incorporated into the design so tonight is an opportunity for initial input on
the art and aesthetics treatments there will be other opportunities and there
will also likely be landscaping incorporated into the project that
complements the art features great ok Roy I think we talked just briefly about
pedestrians and bicyclists can you elaborate a little bit on that yes
currently University Avenue has one sidewalk on the south side with no
dedicated bike lanes with the improvement to university we’ll have a
six-foot sidewalk on both the north and south sides and dedicated bike lanes in
the westbound and eastbound directions the bike lanes will have buffers to
provide a greater separation between bicycles and vehicular traffic over the
bridge the current multi-use path on Traviz will be extended under the true
bridge to this Apsara trail system we’d like to thank you and the rest of our
panelists for this presentation the first part of this program has been
about hearing from the experts but now we need to hear from you the live Q&A is
about to begin so those of you not with us please call in your questions or
contact us by email Twitter or Facebook thank you for your attention so far and
please stick with us as this meeting continues right after this break I’m Dave Edwards your moderator for the
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twitter.com/i25University Or if you’re here in person, please feel free to fill out a question and comment card. We’ll be gathering those up as well. Now our first question of the evening. We have multiple questions from Jeff via email. There’s a general resistance to traffic circles in this country, and in Las Cruces in particular because of their quote complexity. How does one get beyond that? Or perhaps the learning curve is being overcome locally because of the traffic circle in downtown Las
Cruces and the one in Chaparral. Wyatt, can you give us an answer to that?
Traffic circles they’ve been around for a long time especially in European
countries and in Mexico and so they’re not a new concept it’s a rather new
concept in southwestern New Mexico there are lots of places within southern new
mexico where we are implementing roundabouts we have the one in downtown
las cruces and one in Chaparral and then also at the I-10 Vado interchange at
exit 155 and then through this project one of the things that we’re going to
emphasize is educating drivers on a roundabout
we’ve put a few links on our website to some videos that other do T’s have done
so that you can go and see what they have produced for roundabouts and then
as we continue forward we’re going to continue to educate people
we’ll talk about doing some videos ourselves for
part of this project and then continuing that outreach throughout to help educate
people on how to use those roundabouts okay I think this next part of the
question is also for you Wyatt with this plan how does it prevent
someone from entering the southbound i-25 lanes the wrong way from the
southern traffic circle so one of the important aspects of the geometry of the
roundabout is that it forces traffic into a one-way situation so you can see
here this leg that goes under University Avenue and this radius here forces
traffic to go around the roundabout if you’re traveling around the roundabout
it would be very difficult to make this movement here as this radius on this
curve is like three feet so we’re talking a pretty good point there
that it would be very difficult to actually make that movement so that’s
one of the big benefits of roundabouts compared to other intersections that we
analyzed is that the wrong-way movements are minimized these are both parts of
this question that are remaining are still in your you’ll your ballpark Wyatt
we’d also like to request a bike path that would connect Traviz on the south
side to the existing bike path on the north side of the bridge this path would
could be totally separate from the roundabout so that is something that we
have incorporated with this project as well we are connecting the Traviz
Trail which is on the north side of University Avenue to the sparrow trail
system which is shown here in blue and so you can see this green line on this
figure here those are the new proposed connections of that multimodal
connection for this project and let’s we can get back to the first part that we
lost there for a second excuse me I can’t tell what your plans are for
connecting the Traviz pedestrian bike path on the north side of University
some new paths on the Southside currently there’s no good place for
bikes to connect from the south side of campus say Sam Steele and tTraviz to
the current bike path similar we are connecting it to the NMSU trail system
there is a few options for to getting from through campus on the trail system
Arrowhead Drive has a trail system and then also you could take wells possibly
or Stewart and go through campus but that’s kind of outside of the scope of
our project we want to connect what we can here but we wouldn’t be able to get
carry it all the way to Sam Steele thanks Wyatt are they do we have any
in-person questions at this time yes sir one of the goals was to connect Traviz
to South van entering the southbound i-25 if you took away that northbound
that North roundabout wouldn’t you still have access to entering I 25 just coming
down Traviz coming through the intersection and then going in the
southbound roundabout in other words why is there a reason to have a roundabout
and the north and connect Traviz underneath when it’s already connected
with the intersection does that make sense so the the leg that you’re talking
about is basically why are you why are we putting Traviz underneath
University Avenue because it’s connected down here when we talked to our
stakeholders which were the city of Las Cruces and the an NMSU
along with the MDOT this was one of the priorities if you look at the city of
Las Cruces long term plan they actually have Traviz passing underneath
University as one of their plants in the study that was done in 2000
and that also was a characteristic that was important to that as well I do
realize that you can make this movement this way one of the things that our
traffic models showed was that in the PM there’s a large volume of traffic that
goes through this roundabout and it avoids this signal here and just goes
north on Traviz and so with all of these improvements we found that this
operated very well throughout the entire corridor whereas if we push all of the
traffic to this intersection at Traviz that signal timing is slowed down rather
than having this free flow movement through here thank you and thank you for
your question sir do we have any other in person questions at this time let’s
let’s go on to an email question I think that Roy this is for you this is from
Izzy I 25 runs through the heart of this city of over 100,000 and is a virtual
wall splitting the town in half by preventing access from one side to the
other except by car although the Traviz bike path has
helped north-south access other than Missouri Boulevard there is nothing for
pedestrians why is that we have over 300 days a year of sunshine
people are walking and biking more and more and we should be encouraging it
what does this project do to address that issue
well is he thanks for the question under today’s conditions one of the limiting
factors is the existing bridge on university over i-25 that existing
bridge is limited by the size of the bridge to one sidewalk and that sidewalk
is approximately five feet the proposed condition on both the Traviz bridge
and the university over i-25 bridge we will be installing new bike lanes in the
east direction and the west direction we will be replacing the bridge and
there will be a new sidewalk on the north side of the bridge and on the
south side of the bridge so you’ll have a sidewalk on the north side that six
feet in and wit and on the south side and this should increase the
connectivity for pedestrian and bicycles from the tell shore side all the way
down to past locust and I think Jerry has something to add to that as well is
he that is a good question and that’s something that the city of Las Cruces
has had to grapple with over the number of years it’s hard to remember those of
us who have lived here for generations before the interstate was ever built it
was built in the boonies the edge of Las Cruces was Solano and then the edge of
Las Cruces became you know true tell Shore and tell sure then is what split
the city at that time into two so the the interstate was built it was built
very rural location in the city Las Cruces and that we grew around it so now
we are this does enhance the connectivity from east side to west side
but that’s something that is part of the city’s long-range plan to deal with the
east-west issue around i-25 this question is from Jeremy on Facebook and
it’s also for Wyatt question does the traffic model cover special events and
how our special events expected to be handled also does the traffic demand
warrant the northern roundabout which I think we just talked about
so our traffic model and then in engineering what we always model is the
a.m. and the PM peak we don’t model for special events in the design of
infrastructure because you would be way over designing infrastructure if you
were to do that what we are doing with this project because we know this is a
big place where there are lots of special events is we have our guy that
did our traffic model actually modeling a trap special event and we’re gonna
help the NMSU police and the city police and State Police come up with a plan to
best manage that traffic in a special event and that may be maybe closing some
specific movements at times like they do now to get that traffic through there
how does the traffic demand warrant the northern roundabouts which have you
talked about it briefly right yeah and then and then because of the this third
lane here we needed a intersection here to come to allow for this Traviz to go
underneath University Avenue and we looked at different alternatives for
this intersection we did a level of service analysis which is the analysis
that we do in transportation engineering to determine which one functioned the
best and because of the free-flowing movements of the roundabouts we found
that that one functioned better than say a t-intersection and it also improves
the safety over other designs because pedestrian crossings are only over one
direction of traffic and then they have a refuge in the splitter island and then
can cross the other traffic and then speeds are slowed down as well so that
was why that was selected this one in the next one might ought to also be to
you Wyatt there’s consume consume to the about the
hospital and how access to the hospital will be maintained during construction
and there’s also a different question another question from Dale that says do
you anticipate any days or times when ambulance traffic inbound from the South
County area will need to bypass Memorial Medical Center and be diverted to
Mountain View Hospital so we don’t anticipate that any traffic coming from
Southwood be impacted at all with this project we’re not really doing a whole
lot to this southbound off-ramp our northbound off-ramp excuse me and so any
traffic going to the hospital would not be impacted there are going to be times
where we may need to close bits and pieces of University Avenue and those
would all be scheduled with emergency services there would be lots of notices
out to the public to make people aware of that we know that this hospital being
right here is a very critical movement through here and so that’s something
that we’ve considered and where we’ll do everything we can to keep access open
and then provide lots of advance notice if we ever do need to do something
different okay thanks why let’s see this one I think we
also covered in the the overview but Trent you said you were asked how long
all the construction lasts won’t you want to remind folks about that
certainly so this project is right now scheduled for a plan submit all of
August of 2018 so ultimately will be opening bids around October of that same
year after we award contract the contractor is typically allowed an
opportunity to purchase materials have them delivered to the jobsite before we
actually begin construction – to minimize impacts to the public we can
expect construction to begin sometime in early 2019 yes sir you have a question
George Pierson it looks like the project limits on the west side
start at the Donner roser las alturas intersection you’re talking about
redoing some signal lights is that signal intersection going to have any
reconfiguration of the signal lights and also the bike lane configurations there
could probably improved and I don’t look like that’s
outside of the scope of this project I did George Pearson yes we will be
reconstructing that intersection and putting a new signal at that location we
will be tying to the east side of that intersection so from the east side going
back towards tail Shore we are not going to be making any changes along the
University however throughout the project limits from the west side which
is Traviz intersection all the way through to the Don Rosa Los Altos
intersection will have bike lanes on both sides so we’ll have a bike lane
eastbound and a bike lane westbound on University itself so is there
opportunity to address any issues along los altos and Don Rosa at that
intersection for bicycles and lane configuration in looking at the cross
road we’re not extending our project limits very far north and south of
University we can make sure that the intersection can accommodate bicycle
traffic if there’s any lanes put there in the future but right now we’re not
extending our project limits further than those those returns because it
might just be a matter of lane lines and not actually making a physical
configuration the other question I have with the multi-use trail and the
crossings at the roundabouts could you expand a little bit on are those at
grade crossings and how would by cyclists behave at the at the crop at
the crossings sure I’ll expand on that the multi-use trail that we’re talking
about is the trail that comes along and is in between Traviz and the interstate
right now and we intend to continue to use that trail so it’d be a multi-use
trail that stays between those two facilities and will be adjacent to the
roundabout so at this roundabout here that trail is we’re continuing down
towards the south and we’ll go underneath the bridge so but there will
be pedestrians allowed to cross at crosswalks and all three of those legs
and so if you’re on a bike and you decide you want to cross at this
roundabout you’ll have the opportunity to cross at this it would be across the
crosswalk so it would be a crossing once you get to the other
roundabout the intent is that trail is to continue south down into the
university area and so what we’ll be doing there is actually trying to get
the bicycle and the pedestrians to cross so they’ll get on the south side of
Traviz as quickly as possible we’re actually going to take them across a
crosswalk at this location and this location instead of crossing them at the
ramps because the ramps are probably going to be people trying to get on and
off the interstate and we don’t want to intermix them with those interstate
traffic vehicles so we’ll be crossing the meta at a pedestrian crosswalk here
in a crosswalk at this location again one lane at a time as they come across
and then they’ll get onto the trail system and be able to continue adjacent
to the Traviz Jerry you have some dad one thing I’d like to also mention
George is as you are very well aware there are multiple levels of by
classical users and some of the more serious bicycle users enjoy being inside
the travel lanes the the driving travel lanes and so we we as part of our public
outreach we will also be incorporating methods of bicyclists you probably
already know and navigating through roundabouts but those are something that
we hope to also educate the public on and on how to drive your bicycle through
the roundabout if you are not inclined to use the trail as somebody said some
of the more serious bicyclists are are attending to be and actually Jerry
there’s another question here for you there’s some concern about business
access being provided during construction so we are committed and it
is our objective to maintain two lanes of traffic at all times during the
construction of the of the University and i-25 beneath so that’s a commitment
we’re working with in our construction sequencing construction phasing and our
temporary traffic control plan so those are going to be some significant
benefits to the businesses along those as as
the vehicles will be able to travel through the contract will make access
available at all times during the construction of the project it may be
that they would have to go a little out of their way normally or they would make
a passageway through the construction activities to provide that access but it
will be maintained at all times during construction okay Thank You Jerry this
one looks like another one for Wyatt how will the Traviz trail be used during
construction so the Traviz trail currently goes
along Traviz all the way to University Avenue here where it dead-ends and so
during construction there’ll be some times where we’re reconstructing this
trail and so we will provide a detour route for pedestrians to cross over onto
the west side of the road or west side of Traviz and use that site of Traviz
before crossing them back over and so that’s how we’ll handle that piece this
one doesn’t have a person that it’s directed to but I think we did it
address the cost of the project was that Trent that talked about that this
project looks expensive could it be phased we are in the preliminary stages
of this project and so we’re not 100% sure what the costs are going to be and
then with the bidding environment you don’t ever really know what the cost of
the project is going to be I think currently we have about 25 million
programmed for this project and one of the things that we’ve discussed is
possibly doing a phased approach if we need to this is kind of a last-ditch
effort if we have to and this could be a potential phased piece of this where we
build the critical movement for this project which is the i-25 southbound
underneath University Avenue and the southbound access back to I 25 and then
at a future date the piece of Traviz could be put underneath we would build
the bridge span wide enough or long enough so that that could be built
in the future if we do run into budgetary concerns yeah go ahead turn
and why did if I made the other thing understanding the the size of this
project and the financial impact that it would have to the district into the
department we’re actually going to be funding it out of two fiscal years so it
is a twenty five million dollar project but by doing that it allows us to build
other priority projects during those same two fiscal years basically without
spending all of our money at once okay thank you this one doesn’t have a person
that’s directed to but we did talk about drainage during the present the general
overview and this person’s screen froze during that part of the presentation so
the concern is what sort of erosion control and landscaping do you
anticipate for the spaces of the project so what we’re looking at is in these
unused areas of the project we are looking at trying to install drainage
ponds that would capture the additional stormwater runoff that is occurring at
this interchange in these empty spaces that are on the project and some of
those ponding areas would help mitigate the stormwater impacts right there at
the interchange there at wells Avenue and other culverts that cross by 25
there are significant storm drainage box culverts already existing that cross and
we would install wire tied riprap and other erosion control measures to
minimize the impact of that storm water crossing Traviz okay thank you this
question is from Kate a phone call and we talked a little bit about this I
think during the Oprah youth overview but she’s concerned about what
environmental impacts can be expected from this project most most of the
environmental impacts that we’ve identified concern
impacts considerations of access during construction and the economic impacts
the aesthetic impacts of replacing the bridge and I think we talked a little
bit about the arts and aesthetics program to mitigate those impacts
because the area is already disturbed we don’t expect impacts on the natural
respond natural resources like endangered species or Wildlife or
wetlands or that sort of thing there are no cultural impacts cultural resource
impacts in the area we looked at noise in the interstate boom because most of
the area is already developed for commercial and institutional uses and
the golf course we don’t anticipate the need for noise mitigation measures the
Missouri project looked at noise to the north and because of the access off of
the frontage road and the traffic on the frontage road it didn’t appear that it
would be possible to build noise walls as part of that project other than that
we don’t anticipate other environmental impacts that have been identified to
date Jerry just pointed out that there are also other issues connected with the
natural environment like migratory birds and nesting birds and noxious weeds and
that sort of thing and we don’t see impacts in those areas at this time
thank you John this question is for Albert this is from Chelsea on Facebook
and how will this affect the businesses on Traviz particularly the ones close
to the new round about them alright thanks Chelsea yeah the businesses on
Traviz there’s existing hotels in this area and there’s some other properties
that also access from Traviz on the north side during the construction
itself there will be times that we will have lanes dropped or lanes moved over
in a detour configuration but as Jerry mentioned at all times
the businesses and access to the businesses will be provided
if we have to take vehicles out of route to get into their driveways well make
sure that there is signing that identifies the direction that the
vehicles need to travel to get into those businesses the actual construction
itself when is complete will maintain the same driveways that they have there
today so the existing driveways that tie in to these businesses into these
adjacent properties will be maintained some of them may be shifted a little bit
based on the geometry of the roundabout in the roadway but the the driveways
will be maintained in approximately their same locations as we get into the
design the preliminary design of this project will we will be contacting the
adjacent property owners with the designs of those driveways and those
access points to make sure that they comply with the parking facilities and
the accesses that they have today do we have any other in person questions at
this time yes sir the design doesn’t address it but are there plans for
northbound i-25 access to and from the University is there some yes however
anyone take that one yeah so northbound i-25 is essentially going to remain as
it is today we are not making any modifications to that so if you’re
headed on on northbound i-25 I want to get to the University you’ll take the
off-ramp and come up to a signalized intersection at this location and then
you’ll make a left go across the bridge and then you’ll access University
through the Traviz signal as it is today and so there there is really no
change in the travel pattern for northbound i-25 if you’re coming out of
the University or from University Avenue I want to go back northbound i-25 then
you’ll be coming across the bridge across the interstate and you’ll use the
loop ramp to access back onto northbound i-25 now today you actually have the
option of making the loop ramp or actually taking a left at this
intersection we’re actually going to be eliminating this left turn movement at
the intersection and we’re going to be out directing all of the traffic back
onto the interstate using the loop ramp which is
a free flow condition so no plans for direct access from northbound i-25 into
the parking lot you want talked a little bit about the i-10 i-20 five area there
are plans for a Arrowhead interchange potentially in the future and that
interchange is located at the i-10 i-25 interchange on the d-o-t and FHWA has
done some planning considerations for that future interchange where they’ve
constructed a piece pieces of that future interchange but that is something
that it’s could possibly be constructed down the road it’s in the planning
stages but there’s no funding identified for it at this point
this one’s for you also Wyatt it’s another bike path question from Jeffery
why can’t the bike path under the Traviz bridge go under the bridge on the
right-hand side of the roundabouts going north and avoid crossing the south
roundabout altogether what we have now is we don’t have any pedestrian
crossings of the interstate ramps themselves we only have pedestrian
crossings on Traviz and then Traviz again if you will and then it goes along
this side of the roundabout we do have a sidewalk along here to connect the trail
system and then the bike path is on the east side there to connect to the north
okay thanks this question is from Bernie who is the owner of Milagro coffee and
he’s concerned will there be traffic closures and if so will they be
scheduled at night will it be in the bid he’s concerned about any traffic
closures and I guess either Jerry or Wyatt can talk about that for traffic
closures we may have a few traffic closures of i-25 at night or through a
weekend which would be advertised and scheduled for the construction
of the Newbridge and the demolition of the old bridge because we want to keep
two lanes of traffic open on i-25 we don’t want to do a crossover where we
reduce traffic into one lane and so there would be scheduled night closures
where traffic would be detoured through the interchange or through a different
location and those would all be advertised on the radio in the newspaper
on our website and then the contractor would also give those updates and their
monthly meetings Jerry wants anthem yeah Bernie thanks for the question when the
existing bridge on i-25 on University Avenue over i-25 is being demolished
there will be night closures in that in that vicinity simply because we don’t
want debris to follow on the on the cars going underneath and so similarly once
the once the demolition is done and then the roads are swept up they’ll be opened
up for traffic in the morning and then it’ll repeat itself every night until
that activity is completed the the second occurrence would be when they’re
setting the beams on the new bridges we don’t want traffic going beneath on i-25
for safety reasons also so those would those would have also traditionally
occurred at night as far as closures at you know on University Avenue itself in
the vicinity of your business I were not anticipating any of those closures and
and we would make detours available on to the traveling public on how to get
through this interchange and and and into your business by using either
Traviz or accessing it through Missouri up and then coming back when we
do those night closures so we will lay out a scheme for the traveling public to
follow those detours to get back to your business okay thanks
this question is from Shane on Facebook is concerned about taxes how solvent is
the city budget to take on this project with everything else that’s going on do
you plan on raising taxes and sells also maybe since you’re there the projected
cost of the project at this time which I think we talked about in the overview
sure Shane so right now this project is currently scheduled for about 28 million
dollars and right now it is fully funded through the department and through
federal funds at this point there is no contribution from NMSU or the city we
have been in discussions with both of those stakeholders should landscaping or
aesthetic needs those types of things exceed our current costs them there may
be some participations and partnering with those entities but at this point it
it’s fully funded with federal and state money okay I think we covered that one
this is a question from Jordan on Facebook for Burt what is the proposed
maintenance of traffic when excavating and constructing the new University have
a new bridge so one of the concepts are one of the main ideas that we came up
with throughout the development of this project was to offset University line
alignment to the north to allow for the construction of university new bridge on
university over i-25 and this new Traviz underpass bridge while the
existing bridge is in use and so we would maintain traffic on the existing
bridge we offset it far enough to the north where that they can come in and
construct a portion of the Newbridge and then we would shift
traffic on to the new bridge while they construct the other half of the new
bridge and so that’s our plan for that piece okay thanks Wyatt there’s a
question here about when will construction begin maybe Trent knows that one this project
is currently scheduled to start sometime in in early 2019 just to expand a little
bit on that right now we don’t have a timeline for construction we won’t until
we get a little further in the design but it’s expected to be under
construction for about 18 months we have a phone call from Shannon what
maintenance increase will be brought on by this project maybe somebody from the
city could talk about that yes my name is Jerry Cordova and I work with the
Public Works Department the maintenance we’re anticipating doing as part of the
city would be maintaining the signals and also the lighting and then portions
of Traviz that are north of the of University Avenue we don’t anticipate a
lot of additional maintenance responsibilities for the city because we
already do maintain the signals that are there the new roundabout is a good idea
because that’s going to take less maintenance for the city and less
electrical cost so I don’t see a big impact to the city for the maintenance
of the portion that belongs to the city okay thanks Jerry okay sure
my name is Dale Harrell I’m the University engineer and as far as the
maintenance on the Southside is concerned NMSU currently does all the
maintenance on the south side and we will maintain that
level of force to do that we anticipate some changes in the lights more cue LED
more efficient lights but that’s minimal maintenance so in a mess you will pick
up the trash maintain the landscape and maintain the lighting on the south side
of the university thank you they want to know if land will need to
be purchased alright I’ll jump in and talk a little
bit about the right away so this this project has has been mentioned several
times that the it’s a combination of the different agencies that have
jurisdiction in this area so University itself University Avenue is a city
maintained facility Traviz on the north side is a city maintained facility
and then of course the interstate in the ramps are New Mexico d-o-t and federal
highway administration and so the question is where is additional right
away going to be needed for the most part we are trying to maintain all of
the improvements to be within the right-of-way along University and along
Traviz on the north side there is a couple of areas where we may need to get
temporary construction permits to rebuild some of the driveways and at
that time we will work with those property owners to identify that piece
of property that we need to allow the contractor to have access to while they
do that reconstruction on the south side as you can see we’re reconfiguring the
Traviz lake and adding that roundabout and a lot of that is going into the
current NMSU parking lots we are currently working with them right now to
identify where the existing right away is and where that jurisdiction stops
between NMSU and the d-o-t once we get that line work figured out and we
understand where it’s at then we’ll identify what additional
right away would be needed and what impacts there are to those parking lots
that would have to be mitigated as part of this project but in terms of private
property there is no acquisition other than
the temporary construction permits that are going to be needed okay this
question is from Dale and I think it’s for Trent will financial penalty
language be embedded in the agreement to ensure customer access to businesses
during their hours of operation so currently our specifications do not
implement any kind of penalty for reduced or lost s lost access as Jerry
mentioned earlier our goal is to provide access all the time there may be small
closures that are coordinated with the businesses for driveways and those those
types of situations but at this point there is no financial penalty for a
contractor impacting businesses are closing their driveways okay thanks this
question is about the Traviz trail and how the Traviz trail will be used
during construction well I guess well they have access to the true base trail
during construction or as I discussed before that there will be some times
when the Traviz trail will need to be constructed or improvements need to be
made so we will do a shift and provide signage for users of the trail to the
other side of Traviz to provide that access okay thanks
this one’s for someone from NMSU will this project reduce parking at NMSU and
if so how by how much I’m Dale Harrell the university engineer and know there
will not be any impact to parking that we see at this time once the design gets
completely fleshed out then we can see if there’s any impact to parking on that
north east corner of Pan Am must the time nobody parks there and so we we
don’t anticipate any parking issues or reduction thanks this question concerns
the loss el tourists neighborhood will this project affect access
to the law cell tourists neighborhood well this and that maybe is someone from
n MDOT and if it will affect it how so currently on this project we aren’t
doing anything at Los Altos other than some improvements at the intersection so
I don’t expect any access issues to occur on las alturas itself there may be
some small impacts as we upgrade the signals at that intersection but no no
long-term access issues okay this question is concerning the art that’s
going to be used our what kind will be considered so maybe John can do that art
is mentioned as a part of the project what types of art will be considered and
when will it be chosen we are just starting the process of developing the
committee that will select the artists and make decisions on the art and part
of the reason that we’re doing it at this time and going forward is because
the design isn’t far enough along or it soon will be far enough along to have
the palates the retaining walls in the bridge structure and those surfaces
where the art will go so I I’m not sure exactly what the timeframe of the art
selection process will be but I would speculate that about over the next six
months we’ll set up the committee and select artists and and go forward with
with the art project and it will include as I said surfaces where concrete stamps
and form of form of concrete as well as color and other features and landscaping
is likely to be included as well yes sir I’ve got a little follow up question on
the art with bond issues I remember hearing there’s like 2 percent set aside
for arts what what’s the budget that you’re sitting
aside for our portion of this project the art is generally about 1% on this
project as as it will be managed through the committee that’s being developed as
a part of this project and there the and to follow up a little bit what what John
had mentioned the committee will be putting out the requirements for the
artist and so there will be certain limitations that the artist will have in
terms of what they develop for instance if you’re driving on i-25 the Federal
Highway Administration and the d-o-t very concern about rubberneckers you
know people staring at the art and taking their eyes off the road where it
belongs and so the art would be subtle paint it’d be very elegant but not art
like you have under the underpass now the Traviz bridge it’s an
underpass and it’s not on the interstate so that has a lot more opportunity for
artistic flair and so all of this criteria will be given to the artists to
develop and and typically it’ll be integrated with other aesthetics as a
part of the project but the strict answer to your question is it’s
generally about 1% on these an MDOT projects okay this question is why is
the entrance closing going north taking a left from university it seems like
many folks take that option instead of taking the loop
I assume that option will be open from folks going west on University the
question is is why is this movement being eliminated and what when we looked
at this operationally this right turn is a free flow movement and in order to do
a left turn here we actually have to add their face a green arrow to this signal
at this intersection which causes a queuing issue with the intersection so
we have this intersection here with the southbound off-ramp which is very close
to the intersection with las alturas and don rosa and so in order for this entire
corridor of university avenue to function at the highest capacity it was
better to have this free-flowing movement and to reduce the signal time
at this current intersection there’s a question here concerning more meetings
for public input how many opportunities for public input will there be as this
project goes along will they be more meetings like this yes there will be
more meetings like this we will always take your comments we have the website
up that you guys can constantly email us we’ll be checking our Twitter and
Facebook accounts so that you guys can continue to give us your feedback and
ask questions throughout the project we will have at minimum one more public
meeting for this project we may have more if necessary and we do plan to have
all of these meetings where they are streamed online where you guys can
access them we’re also going to post the recording of this meeting including the
question and answer session on our website so that you guys can come back
and access that at any time will the timing of the NMSU school year be taken
into account for the phasing of this project. For example will more work be
done in the summer when more students are gone from campus because of the
duration of this project it will be hard to phase it such that the entire
construction could be done in that 2 or 3 months where NMSU is out of
session what our plan does have is that because i-25 will have two lanes of
traffic in both directions at all times and University will have two lanes of
traffic at all times we don’t anticipate that we’ll have to do any if and if we
do any speed reductions that will be very minimal and then access to the
campus will be maintained we may have to shift people around a little bit and put
in some temporary ramps and temporary
signals but we will maintain access throughout but just due to the duration
we won’t be able to complete the project during a summer. So I think that
concludes the Question and Answer Session. You can still email your
questions and comments to [email protected] and our goal
is to keep you informed. So please visit our Website: i25-university.com and we
would like to thank our viewers, our meeting participants, our experts, and
everyone who’s been involved in this process this evening. Your input is a
valuable contribution to this project. So, have a great evening.
Remember, Your streets are Your business!