Some drivers avoid Central due to ART construction

ART construction
ART construction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Heavy construction work on the controversial Albuquerque Rapid Transit project is underway across Albuquerque.

The ART construction zone was transforming quickly on Monday. All that work translated into less room for drivers.

“For the next five weeks, we’ll be all in the medians so parking will be open and free… One lane will be open in each direction at least and all sidewalks adjacent to businesses will be open,” said Michael Riordan with the City of Albuquerque.

There was major work from on Central from Coors all the way to Louisiana.

KRQE News 13 spotted crews tearing out a tree across the street from UNM limb from limb. It is all to make way for the dedicated ART bus lanes set to run up the middle of Central: a $120 million project.

With fewer spots for cars to go, traffic was already slower near UNM Monday afternoon.

Some drivers are gonna stay off of Central completely because of the construction.

This work is moving despite a pending federal lawsuit. There is also an ART ballot question that county voters will see but it has no legal effect and the mayor says it wont affect the project.

KRQE News 13 asked the City about thinks like lengthening the green lights to try and ease traffic on Central but that is not in the cards. Changes to light timing will come when the project is complete and buses are running.

For more on the ART construction plan, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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