On September 25, 2012- — Mayor Richard J. Berry, joined by NMDOT, MRCOG, Bernalillo County and Kirtland Air Force Base, announces the proposal of a new regional traffic management center.
Albuquerque, NM— Mayor Richard J. Berry, joined by NMDOT, MRCOG, Bernalillo County and Kirtland Air Force Base, announces the proposal of a new regional traffic management center.
The center is proposed to be located in the Jenkins Armed Forces Reserve Center which was relocated onto KAFB. The City of Albuquerque owned the property at the corner of Wyoming and Copper SE, and had been leasing it for a dollar a year to the Armed Services. The Armed Services base moved to a facility on KAFB after a recommendation from round five of the BRAC committee in 2005.
"The Armed Services are donating the facilities on-site which is going to save us tens of millions of capital dollars to build a regional traffic management center," Mayor Berry said. "This is a win-win for the citizens of Albuquerque and the metropolitan area."
A traffic management center is currently located in the basement of the Mid- Region Council of Governments building down town. That center concentrates on interstate traffic. The City of Albuquerque also has a traffic management center, but it is run out of a double wide trailer. Currently, the centers communicate primarily through phone calls.
"When complete, we’ll have all the stakeholders in the same area communicating in real time, solving traffic snarls around the region," Mid-Region Council of Governments Executive Director Dewey Cave said, "We are excited for this new center to start moving forward."
Construction of these types of centers in similar sized metro areas can cost upwards of $70 million dollars. Because of the existing facilities and infrastructure, early cost estimates for construction is running closer to $9 million dollars.
While the construction is still a couple years away, the City of Albuquerque has already started using the other buildings on the site for DMD street maintenance equipment, and part of Solid Waste Department’s recycling program. A new Fire Department maintenance shop and Police Athletic League activities are also planned for the very near future.