ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – People have been complaining about a deadly intersection in northwest Albuquerque for years. Now, the city plans to install a guardrail to keep people and their properties safe.
Residents in a northwest Albuquerque neighborhood said they hear the disturbing sounds of cars screeching and racing past too often.
“You can hear the loud bang and you hope that nobody’s been killed,” said Rose Marie De Leon-Garcia who lives in the neighborhood.
They live off of Coors and Dellyne, a problem intersection that’s seen many accidents including fatal ones in recent years.
“The lady who died on the scene. It could happen to anybody,” said De Leon-Garcia.
Pedestrian safety is also a major concern.
“They just zoom down the hill, look to the left, and forget about who is at the street corner,” said De Leon-Garcia.
The neighbor who lives in the corner house with his backyard directly in the intersection hasn’t had a back wall since a car took it out in 2014.
“Ran up through the easement and went through the wall and stopped about two feet away from my house,” said the resident living in the corner house.
He was one of many people who contacted the city about this dangerous intersection. The city is currently working on designs to install a guardrail on Dellyne. They are working with the state engineers because Coors is a state road.
“To keep vehicles from coming onto the sidewalks where there’s pedestrians walking and plowing into backyards,” said Ken Sanchez, Albuquerque City Councilmember District 1.
The city said this northwest area continues to get busier.
“We know the traffic count is way up,” said Sanchez.
And residents said they are glad something is finally being done.
“I don’t want to see somebody get hit and killed,” said the resident living in the corner house.
The guardrail project is estimated to cost about $12,000, which will come out of the district one city councilor’s discretionary fund.
The city plans to install the guardrail at Coors and Dellyne in Spring 2017.