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Lewis’ Resolution Will Direct Improvements on Irving Boulevard, Involve Community in Future Changes

Lewis’ resolution will direct improvements on Irving Boulevard, involve community in future changes


Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis will introduce a resolution at Monday night’s council meeting that will focus Irving Boulevard improvements on the section east of Unser Boulevard and ensure that any future projects involving the section west of Unser to La Paz will involve a coalition of Irving residents.


Irving Boulevard is fully built to four lanes from Coors Boulevard to west of Golf Course Road, where it narrows to two lanes at Rio Los Piños. Irving was recently widened from La Paz west to Country Manor Drive as Phase I of a three-phase effort to expand the entire roadway along the available right-of-way.


The projected Phase II was to take place between Unser and La Paz, but ran into opposition from neighbors whose houses front the roadway in that section.


“I’ve said from the beginning that the section of Irving from Unser east to Golf Course should be a higher priority when it comes to improving this roadway,” Councilor Lewis said. “That section sees a higher volume of traffic coming down from Rio Rancho on Unser and turning left to get to Coors and Paseo Del Norte. This bill will direct available funding to that section first, and also ensure that nothing will happen to Irving between Unser and La Paz without the residents’ input.”


The resolution directs currently available funding to the section of Irving between Unser and Rio Los Piños, and states that no construction between Unser and La Paz will take place until the eastern section is complete. It also directs that all planning efforts on the section of Irving between Unser and La Paz will involve a group of residents within that section, working with city staff and consultants.


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