NMDOT unveils details of Taos Paseo project

By Mustafa Stefan Dill
socialmedia@taosnews.com
Posted 2/26/20

A large crowd of Taos residents gathered to hear details about the Paseo del Pueblo project, due to start March 16th.

the meeting started off with remarks by Paul Brasher, NMDOT District 5 …

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NMDOT unveils details of Taos Paseo project

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A large crowd of Taos residents gathered Wednesday evening (Feb. 26) to hear details about the Paseo del Pueblo project, which is set to begin on March 16.

The meeting started off with remarks by Paul Brasher, New Mexico Department of Transportation District 5 engineer. Brasher introduced other agency representatives involved in the project, including Matthew Villalobos, project superintendent with El Terrero Construction, the contractor undertaking the extensive road improvement project along the main road in Taos.

Villalobos said the project is divided into four phases:

  • Phase 1 will undertake construction along Paseo del Pueblo from La Posta Road and Cervantes Road to Albright Street starting March 16. The end of the phase is projected for late May.
  • Phase 2 will continue the work from Albright up to the intersection of Camino De La Placita and Quesnel. Work is expected to run from late March to late November 2020.
  • After a winter break, phase 3 begins in late March of 2021 and will run through late May, running from Quesnel to Civic Plaza Drive.
  • Phase 4 will run from June to September of 2021, completing the work from Civic Plaza Drive through just north of Camino De La Placita.

Following the presentation, representatives fielded questions from the audience.

Dominic Martinez, the director of Central Communications for the town of Taos who is responsible for emergency dispatches, voiced concern over communications coordination with the project and access for emergency responders. Brasher agreed to meet with Martinez and town officials to work out details to ensure the project won't create unecessary bottlenecks that might delay emergency response times.

Several business owners also raised concerns that not all details regarding property rights have actually been settled. Brasher agreed to meet to hear more about their concerns after the meeting and was seen having discussions with several people after it drew to a close.

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