ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Drivers and businesses in Nob Hill can finally breath a sigh of relief. The construction cones that have flooded the area for more than a year for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project are finally gone.
It was a very different sight in Nob Hill Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s been a little challenging having the cones, having the construction adds a level of complexity that maybe disways visitors from coming in to Nob Hill, but not too horribly bad and I think today is the beginning of a new era in Nob Hill,” said Adam Moffett, co-owner of Slice Parlor.
Crews started picking up the cones in Nob Hill around 9 a.m. Wednesday.
They removed all of the orange barrels from Girard to Carlisle on Central and from Coors to Rio Grande.
This opens up all of the traffic lanes in the area.
However, ART officials say even though the ART line is not fully operational yet, drivers are not allowed in the bus lane.There are now rumble strips to alert drivers if they merge into it. They say drivers can be ticketed.
Another heads up: left turns will only be allowed at designated areas.
Mayor Richard Berry says he knows the burden construction has caused for drivers and is glad they can have finally have some relief.
“As we go into the heart of the holiday season, Nob Hill will have no more orange barrels, completely open all lanes, all directions,” Mayor Berry said.
ART officials say bus drivers are undergoing training right now. They expect all services to begin at the start of the year.
ART buses will start running on the westside this Saturday for the River of Lights. Services will be free and run from the four westside stations from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.