ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – City Councilors approved a bill Monday night to add a traffic signal to an intersection that parents say is way too dangerous.
Many parents would rather have their kids ride the bus than have to walk and cross the intersection of Paradise Blvd NW and La Paz Drive near James Monroe Middle School and Sunset View Elementary School.
“Sometimes I get close to getting hit by a car because they’re not paying attention,” said sixth grader Jonathan Robles.
“It just scares me a lot,” he said.
Parents say they’ve witnessed close calls too.
“I’ve seen it all,” said Nicholas McBride.
They’ve been calling for a traffic signal at the intersection for years, but a city traffic study found that not enough cars drove through the intersection to warrant it, Rep. David Adkins said.
However, Rep. Adkins argues it is what is surrounding the intersection that makes a signal necessary.
“You have a little league, a park, a community center,” he said. “All on opposites sides of the street.”
Rep. Adkins pushed for capital outlay money for the state to help fund the installation. On the city level, Councilor Dan Lewis also sponsored a bill to fund and approve the project.
Parents and students welcomed the good news.
“That would help a lot. So, then I can know I’m going to be safe walking across the street,” Robles said.
Rep. Adkins and Councilor Lewis say they hope to see the signal up before the start of the school year next year.