The village of Los Lunas is looking for ways to boost its economy and believes the keys to success are new road projects along Highway 314.
It’s a problem that’s no secret in Los Lunas: heavy traffic taking over the roadways.
“Good grief, it is rough,” Los Lunas resident Jovan Ronquillo said. “Especially during rush hours.”
“In the afternoon when the school lets out, it’s just like an hour to get to that side of town. It’s pretty bad,” Los Lunas resident David Jaramillo said. “It would be nice if it was a little bit better.”
As the village grows and traffic increases, officials are looking for solutions. Recently, they released new information on a few upcoming road projects, some of which are set to start as soon as this month.
“We need to alleviate it a lot because like I said, the more people we have moving in here, the worst it’s getting, so we need to grow with it,” Ronquillo said.
From a redesign of Courthouse Road to new sidewalks, lights and even a turning lane — most of the construction will be along Highway 314, a major north-south artery in Los Lunas.
One of the most exciting projects underway is a right-turn lane from Main Street to Highway 314. Years ago, the village wanted to do a widening at Luna Mansion, however, that failed as it’s part of the historic registry.
Now, the village has a new solution — and it involves converting a portion of the Blake’s Lotaburger parking lot into a turning lane.
“I think that would be a good idea. Los Lunas is growing so much,” Jaramillo said. “The quicker the traffic can go through, the better.”
“It’s going to be a pain in the butt for a year or so, but after it’s all done — especially that turning lane by Lotaburger — that’s going to be very very helpful,” Los Lunas resident Justin Salazar said.
Construction for a turning lane at the Blake’s is set to start this month with completion expected in April.
The village is also working on the extension of Camelot Boulevard to Morris Road — one of the first steps toward a new I-25 interchange.