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The 18 Month $28 Million Dollar project reduced a travel lane in each direction from I-25 to Washington and added a bike lane and pedestrian amenities.

June 15, 2012

Albuquerque, NM— Surrounded by neighbors, Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry cut the ribbon to officially open the new Lead and Coal Avenues.

The 18 Month $28 Million Dollar project reduced a travel lane in each direction from I-25 to Washington and added a bike lane and pedestrian amenities.

"Lead and Coal are now open” Mayor Berry said.  "After 18 months of construction, we want to thank the neighbors and businesses for their patience while we completed this great quality basic service."

The reconstruction project actually began more than 20 years ago, when the neighborhood representatives came to city hall requesting assistance in making the corridor more pedestrian friendly.

"When the project was in jeopardy of losing its Federal funding through the State, Mayor Berry stepped up and worked with the Governor to keep the project moving forward," Department of Municipal Development Director Michael Riordan said. “It’s projects like these where I am most proud to serve my community."

Landscaping crews are finishing up some irrigation and planting on the far east side of the project near the interstate. That work should be complete in the next couple of weeks.

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