Corrales’ funding request for improvements to upper Meadowlark Lane includes design and construction of a traffic circle at the Loma Larga-Meadowlark intersection.
A public involvement effort linked to the Village’s request for $456,057 from the N.M. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) would begin in February if the grant is secured. Design work would start in April.
The application was submitted November 14, following Village Council okay last month.
Briefly described, the project “will connect paved bicycle facilities on Loma Larga Road with the existing multi-use recreational trail in the City of Rio Rancho at the municipal boundary between Rio Rancho and the Village of Corrales.”
Need for the project, especially the traffic circle, or roundabout, was earlier established when the highway department funded a road safety audit that demonstrated high risk for cyclists at the Meadowlark-Loma Larga intersection. (See Corrales Comment Vol.XXXIII, No.4 April 5, 2014 “Traffic Circle for Meadowlark at Loma Larga?”)
In the application for funding last month, conditions are described as follows. “West Meadowlark Lane is a major east-west corridor for vehicular and pedestrian-bicycle traffic. However, the existing drive lanes include nine speed tables and unimproved shoulders, making bicycle use difficult and dangerous.