Paseo slows to a crawl

Orange barrels, lane closures a part of Taos life on main drag till next spring--at least


Drivers on Paseo Del Pueblo Sur in Taos will see delays through the summer with the New Mexico Department of Transportation limiting north and southbound traffic on the road to one lane in each direction as crews repair and improve sidewalks.

During the week of June 19, the highway is being worked on southbound from Este Es Road to the Sagebush Inn and northbound from Roy Road to Santiago Road. Both areas have been reduced to one lane of travel.

Crews will continue updating sidewalks and ramps north up to the area of La Posta Road for Phase I of this project. Scheduled completion is set for spring 2019, according to state transportation officials.

The project's cost is $5.2 million to update Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, according to a department public information officer.

Crews also have shut down access to Chamisa Road, which will remain closed until mid-July, according to state transportation officials. Drivers are encouraged to use Este Es Road instead.

Phase one of the project includes sidewalk and ramp repair along both sides of the only highway into downtown Taos from the south. Drivers are urged to use caution and abide by all traffic signs in construction zones.

Sidewalks, storm drains and ramps south of the Sagebrush have been completed and are open for public use.

The road paving portion of the project will commence sometime in 2019.