ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Barricades marked the pathway at Central and Amherst between Zacatecas and Empire Board Game Library on Tuesday. That’s where crews are finishing up a sidewalk ramp as part of the Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction.
The owner of Empire Board Game Library says that construction caused him to close from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday at 4 p.m. A sign outside his business reads, “Closed due to access and safety concerns with the A.R.T. project.”
An ART spokesperson told KRQE News 13 that Empire did not need to close because there is business access and the area is safe.
KRQE News 13 went out there to ask pedestrians what they thought.
During our first interview, the man watched the wind blow a “Road Closed” sign over into the pedestrian walkway as someone went by.
“A pedestrian just almost got hit in the head with a road sign and moved it out of the way so he can walk down the access. How safe is that?” asked Gerhardt Ackerman. He had been walking through Nob Hill, but he also says he is affected by construction as owner of Anchor+Frame hair studio in that area.
Most just found it inconvenient to get to where they needed to go, like one pedestrian after another squeezing by some orange netting to get through to the storefronts without having to walk around the block.
Apparently, someone else tried to use the new sidewalk before it was ready, leaving behind footprints that a worker had to fix on Tuesday evening.
KRQE cameras also caught many looking around in confusion for a way to get through.
One woman made her own way, walking right through the construction site.
Pedestrian Bryan Crawford-Garrett said it was a lot to get through, but he’s hopeful.
“Hopefully the small businesses can survive the storm and that in the end we’ll have public transportation,” Crawford-Garrett said.