City proposes big changes to major westside Albuquerque road

Paradise Blvd. plans
Paradise Blvd. plans

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Drivers on Albuquerque’s Westside could see big changes to their morning and afternoon commutes. The good news is the city wants residents’ input.

The project is focused on a stretch of Paradise Boulevard between Golf Course Road and Eagle Ranch Road. The goal is to improve motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians needs.

Officials say they’ve been eyeing this section of the Westside for years. Right now, a stretch of Paradise Boulevard has two lanes in one direction and one lane in the other direction. The plan is to widen the road to construct continuous four-lanes. The city also plans to add sidewalks, a multi-use trail, and intersection accessibility improvements.

“This is a major east to west corridor that feeds to the Westside. We are looking at it from that aspect as well as that development going in. There’s that Presbyterian clinic that is being developed as well as other developments going in on the Westside. We wanted to kind of move this project forward to improve that as well as improve the facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians,” said Melissa Lozoya, Acting Director of the Department of Municipal Development.

The city has put aside money from the transportation tax and GO bond funding to get the project started next year.

Before they get started, the city’s going to have a public meeting on June 1st where they’ll discuss the project and get feedback.

Public Meeting: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Paradise Hills Community Center
5901 Paradise Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114

Written comments will be accepted at the meeting, or they may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to Savannah Holguin, City of Albuquerque, Department of Municipal Development, Engineering Division, PO Box 1293, Albuquerque, NM 87103, phone (505) 768-3861, fax (505) 768-2733, email sholguin@cabq.gov.

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