Noisy city BMX track finally gets sound barrier

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — After years of promises, the city of Albuquerque is finally moving forward with a plan to help quiet a noisy southeast neighborhood park.

The city is now building a giant sound wall around the covered BMX track on the city’s Veloport property along Avenida Cesar Chavez.

While the wall’s construction is still throwing a lot of noise into the neighborhood, nearby residents hope the noise will finally bring some peace soon.

“I think it will be nice to not have to hear all the chatter,” said Joseph Duran, a neighbor living across from the bike track.

Duran is one of several living in the neighborhood who’s welcoming the new sound wall, which is going up on the east side of the Veloport property. The wall borders the back of the bike track. When it’s done, the project will stand 16 feet tall and span a total of 250 feet.

Over the last few years, events have packed the track causing a rift with nearby neighbors. Some even sued the city when it opened in 2006 because of the noise.

“You kind of get used to the sound but … for new people, it’s probably very difficult,” said Duran.

Now nearly a decade after the track opened, neighbors say they’re glad the wall is finally going up.

“Living with it can be difficult,” said Duran.

Bike park volunteers are optimistic as well.

“It will help them now, you know they can be a little bit sound buffered there,” said Ken Quintana, a board member for Duke City BMX.

Quintana helps run the park with other volunteers. He hopes the wall helps the facility finally feel at home in the community.

“That’s going to be a huge wall, there’s going to be a lot of pretty plants over there and I’m sure it’s going to beautify the area, it’s going to help us clean up our park here, too,” said Quintana.

The city says the wall should be finished by July. It’s costing $578,000 of bond money. Another part of the project includes extending the sidewalk from the Veloport property to Isotopes Park.

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