Westside residents are one step closer to complete connectivity from the South end of the city to the North and into Rio Rancho.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry joined City Council President Ken Sanchez and City Councilor Dan Lewis in a unique ribbon cutting/groundbreaking combination on Unser Boulevard Tuesday, November 16, 2010.
The Unser South Phase II project provides roadway from San Ignacio to Senator Dennis Chavez. Engineers added bike lanes and a multi-use trail on the eastside of the road as an added feature.
“These construction projects are critical links to Westside infrastructure,” Mayor Berry said. “We are just months away from Unser Boulevard connecting the South Valley to our neighbors in Rio Rancho. This is exactly what regionalism is all about—working to make sure we have the roads necessary to link our cities.”
“This extension will allow much needed connectivity to the residents of the southwest and emergency services,” Council President Sanchez said. “With the help of former Representative Dan Silva, Senator Bernadette Chavez, Senator Linda Lopez, the City of Albuquerque, and the community, this very important project has come to fruition."
The Unser North Phase I project will provide a roadway from the Unser/Universe split to Paseo del Norte. Once completed, the 4-lane divided roadway will be equipped with gutters, curbs, and sidewalks. Pedestrians and bicyclists will also enjoy bike lanes and a multi-use trail along the east side of the road.
"Phase I of the Unser North extension is a critical roadway that is vital to the transportation infrastructure of the west side, future economic development, and quality of life for all residents,” Councilor Lewis said. “This is a well designed main arterial road that Westsiders will be proud of. I look forward to continuing to work with the Department of Municipal Development and Mayor Berry on Phase II of the Unser extension from Paseo del Norte to the North."
Funding for the projects:
Unser South Phase II: $4 million GRIP II
$3 million City 2007 GO Bonds and Impact Fees
Unser North Phase I: $4 million ¼ cent Transportation Tax and GO Bond.