ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – People who use one of Albuquerque’s busiest streets are wondering when the city is going to finish fixing it up.
Neighbors in the area said it seems the work has been going on for nearly a year on Unser between Montono and Dellyne. The orange barrels are still up and traffic is still down to one lane in each direction.
“It’s been very frustrating and you never know what’s happening next,” Hugh Butrick said.
Neighbors said they thought it was all over in December when the barrels came down, but the added bike lanes, sidewalks and new paved road was just part of the first phase.
“Typically with all our major roadway projects, we do the construction first and the landscaping comes later because we utilize separate contractors,” Melissa Lozoya, with the City of Albuquerque’s Department of Municipal Development, said.
Lozoya said during the construction phase contractors didn’t anticipate having to replace the entire stretch of road and not just the surface. She said that, along with minor utility breaks, caused some of the delay.
“It’s quite a bit more work which added onto the time,” Lozoya said. “When the Paseo project was going on, we shelved it. By the time we came back the pavement had deteriorated even more, so we realized we needed to do full depth construction at that point.”
Some neighbors said although it has been a long time they don’t mind all the construction.
“There used to be potholes there,” Janet Pollock said. “There’s more and more people moving into this area so we have to have good roads.”
Phase two includes a complete makeover of all the medians. The city said if neighbors can sit tight for just another month, the barrels will be gone for good. The total cost of the construction project cost nearly $3 million. The revamp of the medians cost $332,979. The city anticipates phase two will be done mid-June.