‘Yucca Project’ to reduce sewage smell in west Central neighborhood

'Yucca Project' to reduce sewage smell in west Central neighborhood

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Neighborhood associations have been begging for the Water Authority to fix the sewage smell on Central for years and years. Now, the Water Authority is about the tackle one of the smelliest neighborhoods in the city.

They’re about to get their wish, but it means going from an unpleasant odor to unpleasant construction. It’s called the Yucca Project, as in the street that runs into west Central.

“It’s like a no win situation, really. You’ve got to live with the smell or the construction,” said Yolanda Montoya, who lives in the construction zone.

Neighbors have been complaining for ages about the odors coming up from the sewer lines around Central and 58th Street.

Monday crews will start a 10 month, $6.5 million project to reduce the sewer odors on a two-block stretch that crosses west Central, then cuts down Avalon about six blocks to Old Coors.

This part of west Central is already a construction zone because of the Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project, now people here will have to deal with two major projects going on at the same time.

“We didn’t feel like it was fair to them to ask them to wait any longer to deal with the odor issues,” said David Morris with Water Utility Authority.

Crews will put in more than a half-mile of new sewer pipes and install what are called vortex manholes, which help keep sewage odors underground.

Construction on the sewage project should be done out here by next October. Expect plenty of closures and detours until then.

The ART work along west Central should be done around the same time.

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