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Downtown to See a Multitude of Improvements Coming Its Way

From upgrades to Civic Plaza to Roadway Improvements for the 50-Mile Loop

April 10, 2017

Albuquerque, NM- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry and other local city officials broke ground on exciting upgrades coming to Civic Plaza and the downtown area in general. As a continuation of the recently completed improvements to the Convention Center, the front door to the convention center, known as Civic Plaza is undergoing upgrades that will attract citizens of all ages. Additionally, the installation of protected bicycle lanes will connect downtown with the 50-Mile Activity Loop.

“The City of Albuquerque boasts some of the greatest weather nationwide. By providing upgraded facilities on Civic Plaza as well as installing protected bike lanes downtown, citizens of Albuquerque as well as tourists visiting our beautiful city can enjoy the outdoors while being the heart of our downtown” said Mayor Richard J. Berry.

Coming soon is an interactive fountain that will take the place of the current leaking fountain. Additionally, crews will be constructing new concrete amphitheater-style seating and wall surrounds, modifying the stage amenities to include a new large video display, lighting and an upgraded sound system. A new playground with play equipment, benches and tables will be added along with a new shade canopy over the amphitheater adjacent to the fountain.

Apart from the Civic Plaza upgrades, downtown roadways are getting a facelift in conjunction with the 50-Mile Activity Loop, segment 5 improvements. Segment 5 includes 4th, 5th, Tijeras and Marquette and will link bike lanes on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the Silver Bike Boulevard. Concrete work including ADA improvements and sidewalk repairs will be constructed at various locations along segment 5. Also along segment 5 will be the striping of buffered bike lanes that will range from 6 to 7 feet. 

Civic Plaza upgrades will cost approximately $4M and will be paid for using NM Gross Receipt Tax Revenue Bonds. Consulting engineer is Dekker/Perich/Sabatini and Construction Contractor is Bradbury Stamm. Completion is expected in November of 2017.

The 50-Mile Loop Downtown segment is expected to cost approximately $450,000 and is being paid for using ABQ the Plan funding. Work is being completed by Franklins Earthmoving, Intermountain Slurry Seal and SanBar Construction Corporation.

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