ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque residents have long been complaining about cracked streets on the city’s west side and now city officials have a plan to fix the problem this summer.
The city has identified dozens of streets that will get fixed and crews are finalizing the plan.
Albuquerque has a $7 million budget to spend on road maintenance this year. A large chunk of that money will go to fixing roads on the West Side.
The cracked streets are caused by shifting sands underneath the road.
Mark Motsko, of the Albuquerque Department of Municipal Development, says city officials first noticed the problem especially in the Taylor Ranch area.
The cracks in the streets are inches wide and run both horizontally and vertically. Some cracks even have weeds growing from them. One resident stays busy picking them out.
“It’s just an eyesore, it looks tacky, we live in a nice neighborhood, we try to keep it nice and clean,” Norman Harty said.
When the weather gets warmer in May, crews will get to work filling the cracks.
Residents will get a 48 hours notice, with a flier on their door, and they will have to move their cars off the street.
City officials say cracks in the streets are not as common on the east side or south side of the city because there’s a different type of soil underneath those roads.