Construction begins Wednesday to address ART issues

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Construction on a problematic Albuquerque Rapid Transit station is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

The construction work will fix an area where the ART bus lane is slopping.

There will be lane closures while this work is underway with only one westbound lane open during the first phase, while crews do concrete work.

Next week, ART officials say crews will work on the north side of Central.

This is just one of the difficulties Mayor Tim Keller revealed in January. He called the $135 million project “a bit of a lemon,” saying it’s way behind schedule and that the problems could take a year to address.

Another interference is the station on Washington, which was built too close to the intersection making it difficult for buses to maneuver into.

Work on the Atrisco station is expected to take a few weeks. There is no set date now for when ART service will be up and running.

There are also issues with the buses. Only about half have been delivered and of those, some have safety and charging issues that need to be addressed.

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