Albuquerque residents give input on Alameda drain project

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There are major changes in the works to clean up an ugly drainage ditch that runs through the heart of Albuquerque.

On Saturday, dozens of people told city and county leaders what kind of changes they want made to the 9-mile Alameda drain that stretches from the Sandia Pueblo to I-40.

“One of the things I’d like to see if it’s possible is to see some planting of vegetation, so we don’t just have a bare soil surface,” said Ian Maddieson.

Maddieson walks along the Alameda drain as often as he can.

“You can make a really nice outing by combining the trail on Matthew Avenue and some of the others that connect to it,” Maddieson said.

Right now, only a small section of the trail is paved. The scenery consists of brown shrubs and dirt.

“The goal is to beaufity it,” said Bernalillo County Public Works Construction Manager Nolan Bennett.

Bennett is part of a four-agency effort to overhaul the Alameda drain.

Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque, Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Agency and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District hosted a field planning workshop on Saturday morning. About 30 people participated in the question and answer workshop.

“It’s really exciting that we have this master plan effort that everyone has given us information on and then we can go build something,” said Bennett.

“I think that it is helpful. Everyone needs to be represented, whether it’s the person that uses it seldom or the people that use it everyday or the people that live on it,” said Antoinette Vigil.

Construction is expected to start in the fall of 2017.

The county has a budget of $1.5 billion.

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