ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – If the city wants to make Downtown Albuquerque more inviting at night, having all the streetlights out on a major street for months probably doesn’t help.
KRQE News 13 shot video Tuesday night of Coal Avenue over the tracks. It’s pitch black because every light is out. Lead Avenue only has two lights that currently work. The city said it’s the Public Service Company’s responsibility. PNM said the lights are supposed to turn on automatically at dusk, but that’s not the case.
Businesses along 2nd Street between Coal and Lead say it’s dangerous not only for drivers, but for pedestrians and bicyclists.
“It’s just so dark down here and sometimes I work into the evening,” Tami Abts said. “I see a lot of screeching and cars slamming on their brakes because people are trying to walk across the street or bikes are trying to go across the street and there’s just no visibility.”
Abts is the owner of A Good Sign that’s located along 2nd Street. She said she moved into the building in January and can’t remember the Lead bridge ever being well-lit.
Other businesses along 2nd Street like, Sidetrack Brewing Co., said they’re trying to help revive the area. They say the lack of lights is not only dangerous but it scares customers away.
“It’s kind of frustrating that Central Ave gets all the attention for anything that happens Downtown but there are also a lot of other little places here that have something to offer,” Dan Herr said.
PNM said it was not aware of any lights being out on either bridge, even though its headquarters is located in Downtown. PNM said it has a work order in and will have someone out to check on the lights this week.