Fourth Street Mall construction begins

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s downtown is getting a major overhaul this week.

Crews have begun the 4th Street Mall project between Tijeras and Central.

The plan is to get rid of the seating and landscaping that sit there now.

They’ll replace it with a two-lane street.

City officials say this will help economic development in that area by making it easier for people to get around.

It will also connect Civic Plaza with other parts of downtown.

Also among the plans is moving the iconic clock tower.

The plan was first brought up by Mayor R.J. Berry’s administration in 2012 with hopes it would bring a new energy to downtown.

Developers say it should be done around Thanksgiving.

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