District 1 Projects

Unser Project

The Unser Project between Montano and Dellyne NW started in early June and is anticipated to be completed within 150 days. This project will include:
  • Adding bicycle lanes on both sides of Unser by widening the roadway from the inside median.
  • Improving pedestrian access by adding in missing sidewalk, access ramps and pedestrian refuge areas in the medians and meeting all ADA requirements.
  • Completing the Multi-purpose trail between Vulcan Rd. and Santo Domingo St.
  • Improving traffic signal timing to increase level of Service through the intersections of Montano/Unser and Dellyne/Unser.
  • Improving intersection surface to concrete at Dellyne/Unser and also at Montano/Unser.
  • Minor drainage improvements.
  • Resurfacing and Striping along Unser.
  • Constructing a retaining wall adjacent to a small portion of the multi-purpose trail.
  • Median landscaping

Atrisco Drive NW Lane Modification Proposal

Councilor Sanchez is working with the community, City of Albuquerque Traffic Engineers and Parametrix to address the speeding problem on Atrisco Dr. NW.  Speed studies on Atrisco have found that more than half of the cars are traveling 48 miles per hour with a posted limit of 30 miles per hour. Councilor Sanchez' office has received a number of calls concerned about the safety of pedestrians crossing the roadway and resident's homes fronting Atrisco Dr.

A proposal to have the road reduced to one lane each way was presented to the community on November 13, 2014.  Many residents attended the meeting and shared their thoughts regarding this proposal.   In looking for a way to address the concerns of speeding a number of suggestions were made.  Councilor Sanchez has asked the traffic engineers to look into all possible options.

Public Comments

Comments that were received during the comment period are currently under review by our consultant and city traffic engineers.

Supporting Documents

Atrisco Drive NW Letter

Presentation From Public Meeting 11/13/2014

Library at Central and Unser


December 2014: The Central & Unser Library is on schedule to open in early spring of 2015! This is great news thanks to the dedication of the construction staff, the architects, and the City staff working on this incredible new library building. Construction work is in the final phase and should be complete in a few weeks. The ‘punch list’ needs to be complete in this 25,000 square foot building before installation of furniture and shelving can begin. The City of Albuquerque will continue to work on hiring and training the 13 new staff that will be required to open this building. See the exciting progress.

caption:Drawing of the final library design.


This will be a state of the art, full service library with plenty of community meeting spaces, study rooms, and computer access, as well as being a comfortable place to browse our collection of books, magazines, music, movies and more.

Rohde May Keller McNamara Architecture prepared the state of the art design which is now being constructed by HB Construction.

See construction photos.

caption:HB Photo of the Construction of the libraryTimeline

Mayor Richard J. Berry, Council President Sanchez and the Albuquerque City Council, the Bernalillo County Commission, the City’s Westside legislators, and the entire Westside community have joined efforts to make this project a reality.

  • 2014
    • Stay tuned for information regarding the ribbon cutting in Spring of 2015.
  • 2013
    • Councilor Sanchez, Mayor Berry, the community, other elected officials and the children of Helen Cordero School’s Afterschool program held a ground breaking for the project in December of 2013.
  • 2010
    • The major City Transit Center opened in March 2010 at this site
    • The University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) - Clinic opened
    • The northwest corner of Central and Unser was determined to be the best site for the next Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library.
  • 2007
    • Councilor Ken Sanchez sponsored a Community Charrette to discuss development possibilities at the City-owned NW corner of Central and Unser. Residents asked for an educational/institutional facility.
    • The City Council was presented with the 2007 Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Facilities Plan which identified the Southwest Mesa as the most under-served area in the City for libraries.


Approximately $10,100,000 was raised through:

  • City and County general obligation bond funding, approved by nearly 69% of the voters
  • New Mexico State grants
  • Other City of Albuquerque funding
  • The Library Foundation
  • Private donations



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