Route 66 Action Plan
Route 66 Action Plan
In 2012 Mayor Richard J. Berry initiated the process of gathering feedback from community and business leaders to build a long-term plan for revitalizing Albuquerque’s piece the iconic Mother Road, Route 66, also known as Central Avenue. In November of 2014, City Councilors unanimously voted to pass and approve the plan.
“Route 66 has an immense amount of potential to be the ‘welcome mat’ and a more utilized attraction within our city,” said Mayor Berry. “My hope is that in the future people will get off the interstates and take-in this great cultural asset. Some of the really great neighborhoods in America already exist on Route 66 in Albuquerque and we want to further encourage neighborhood and business development along the corridor. We want visitors to come to our city and tout the fact that they drove the historic road, enjoyed our culture, restaurants, shops and other attractions. With some updates this corridor could re-energize our city as a major Route 66 destination.”
The Plan looks at several revitalization concepts aimed at improving the atmosphere, infrastructure, and economic opportunities within the 15 miles along Central Avenue. From 116th Street to Tramway Boulevard- Albuquerque possesses one of the longest urban stretches of the historic road.
The Plan focuses on the following key areas:
- Historic Legacy (preserving historic buildings)
- Infrastructure (Rapid Transit, digital backbone and multi-modal transportation)
- Public Spaces (streetscapes, wayfinding, public art and gathering places)
- Business & Economic Development (incentives for business development)
- Promotion & Tourism (websites, apps, special events and tourism opportunities)
The Route 66 Action Plan provides:
- Goals and policies for revitalizing Route 66
- A project list for coordination and funding opportunities
- Streetscape guidelines, amenities kit and branding for the corridor
- Suggested funding and partnerships
The Route 66 Working Group, comprised of stakeholders interested in Route 66, provided input to the City in the writing of the Route 66 Action Plan. The group continues to meet and explore ways to implement the plan. To learn more about the group, please email [email protected].
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