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Rio Grande Boulevard Complete Street Concept Plan

The objective of the Rio Grande Boulevard Complete Street Concept Plan (the Plan) is to develop implementable capital and/or operational transportation improvements along Rio Grande Boulevard to promote a safe, functional multi-modal streetscape.

Project Study Area

 For more information or to comment as a user or neighbor of Rio Grande Boulevard, please contact us.

Update 3/14/16: Thank you to those who came to the community meeting on March 10th and provided input to the project team. The presentation from this meeting can be found by clicking here.

Update 2/12/2016: There will be a community meeting on Thursday, March 10th  to review the design concepts for Rio Grande Boulevard.
When: Thursday, March 10th, 6:00 p.m.
Where:: Council Committee Room, Suite 9081 of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center building, One Civic Plaza NW.

The design concepts may be accessed by clicking on the following link: Rio Grande Boulevard Complete Streets Design Concepts.


Residents and businesses along Rio Grande Boulevard have voiced concerns regarding vehicle speed along the corridor and have expressed the desire to calm traffic and promote a more inviting pedestrian environment. Councilor Benton is sponsoring a Complete Street Concept Plan to address these issues.

The City Council office has retained nationally-recognized Planning and Design consulting firm Kimley-Horn to produce this plan. Kimley-Horn already has considerable experience working in the area, including design of the road diet restriping project between 8th and San Pasquale and recent collaboration with the Department of Municipal Development and ABQ Ride to reconfigure the intersections of Central with Lomas and Rio Grande.

The purpose of the Rio Grande Boulevard Complete Street Concept Plan is to develop implementable transportation improvements along Rio Grande Boulevard. The study area begins at I-40 and follows Rio Grande Boulevard south to Alhambra Ave. This high-volume segment of Rio Grande Boulevard creates a barrier to east-west pedestrian and bicycle connectivity with limited crossing locations and high pedestrian crossing demand. South of Central Avenue, Rio Grande Boulevard is a lower-volume street with predominantly residential uses, although some commuters are known to use this as a cut-through route between areas to the south and I-40 to the north.

With planned access modifications to the Central Avenue/Lomas Boulevard/San Pasquale intersection, it is anticipated that additional traffic will divert to this segment of Rio Grande Boulevard. In addition to evaluating potential pedestrian and bicycle improvements along this segment, the Plan will assess traffic operations with the potential additional traffic diverted from the Central Avenue/Lomas Boulevard intersection.

A map of the study area can be found to the right. The final product will contain concepts and recommendations that will enhance the overall safety of the corridor with improvements to bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Vehicular capacity along Rio Grande Boulevard will remain the same to accommodate commuting and tourism traffic.

Central and Rio Grande is a key intersection in the study area. Two current projects – Albuquerque Rapid Transit and West Central Avenue Improvements - have considered this intersection in their own evaluations and have offered possible improvements to the intersection. The Rio Grande Boulevard Complete Street project team will reference these findings in their work on the corridor.

Past and Future Meetings (Updated 9/16/15)

September 2, 2015 | Kickoff meeting with abutting residents and business owners to discuss major assets and challenges of the corridor
January 2015 | Public Meeting to discuss initial recommendations from Kimley-Horn

Submit Your Comments

You may provide comments on the Complete Streets Concept Plan or any other issue pertaining to this project by using one of the following methods:

EMAIL: Andrew Webb, Planning Staff for City Council at [email protected] Please include your name and physical address in your email, and please use the subject line “Rio Grande Boulevard Complete Streets Plan."

MAIL: Send written comments City of Albuquerque City Council Services, Attn: Andrew Webb, P.O. Box 1293, Albuquerque, NM 87103-1293. Please include your name and physical address.

Project Resources

1. What is a “Complete Streets” Plan? Click here for an overview of Complete Streets.
4. Presentation from Kimley-Horn on 9/2/15
5. Large map of study area6. Presentation from Kimley-Horn on 3/10/16

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