ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Tuesday, the city of Albuquerque started work on a new look for a busy stretch of road plagued by speeders.
The project will cost $3 million. The median will remain the way it is, but will be filled with landscaping.
The main reason for the project is to slow down speeders. The approximately two mile project spanning along Ladera from Ouray to Coors will take about six to eight months.
There will be bike lanes installed and walking paths. But the city says the biggest concern was so many accidents that stemmed from speeding.
In the past, many drivers in those accidents have ended up in yards. Neighbors have been asking for help for more than a decade.
“It’s going to make the area more beautiful, it’s going to make it safer to be a cyclist, it’s going to calm traffic and make sure the neighborhood is a safer place,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry.
Currently, there are cones lining the street along Ladera. The speed limit says 30 mph, but a speed gun shows some drivers just ignore that.
Crews will narrow down lanes and add stop lights to get them to slow down.
Residents say for now, they can deal with the construction if it will make the road safer. The traffic light will be installed at Sequoia Road and Ladera Drive, to also help with the speeding issues.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.