Construction Moratoriums

Control of construction and barricading activities within public rights-of-way.

See the Signed 2015 Moratorium Letter.

Due to the increased traffic volumes within the City of Albuquerque during special events, including The New Mexico State Fair, Balloon Fiesta and the Holiday Shopping Season, more stringent control of construction and barricading activities within public rights-of-way is required. Certain additional restrictions, not now in effect, will be imposed.

As provided in Section 6-5-2-4 of the Ordinance, excavation and/or barricading permits shall not be issued for work affecting high traffic areas before and during the following critical events:

I. State Fair Moratorium

Effective Dates: Saturday, Sept. 7, to Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015

All streets bounded by, and including:

  1. Menaul Blvd. on the north,
  2. Pennsylvania St. on the east,
  3. Southern Blvd. on the south, and
  4. San Mateo Blvd. on the west, plus key arterial and collector routes commonly used by attendees of this event.

See the State Fair Moratorium Map.

II. Balloon Fiesta Moratorium

Effective Dates: Monday, Sept. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

All streets bounded by, and including:

  1. Roy Ave./Tramway Blvd. on the north,
  2. I-25 on the east,
  3. Osuna Rd. on the south, and
  4. 2nd Street on the west, plus key arterial and collector routes commonly used by attendees of this event.

Additionally, the moratorium applies to the Old Town area, the Uptown area (Winrock & Coronado Shopping Malls), and the Northwest Area (Cottonwood Shopping Mall). These areas are described in more detail below.

See the Balloon Fiesta Moratorium Map.

III. Holiday Shopping Moratorium

Effective Dates: Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, to Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.

  1. Old Town Area: All streets bounded by, and including,
    1. Mountain Rd. on the north,
    2. 19th St. on the east,
    3. Central on the south, and
    4. Rio Grande Blvd. on the west, plus key arterial and collector routes commonly used by shoppers to this area.
  2. Uptown Area: All streets bounded by, and including,
    1. Menaul Blvd. on the north,
    2. Pennslyvania Blvd. on the east,
    3. I-40 on the south, and
    4. San Pedro Blvd. on the west, plus key arterial and collector routes commonly used by shoppers to this area.
  3. Northwest Area: Key arterial and collector routes commonly used by shoppers to this area.
  4. Downtown Area: 4th Street from Central Ave. to Avenida Cesar Chavez

See the Holiday Shopping Moratorium Map.

Exceptions

The requirements above may be waived for extenuating circumstances, i.e., emergencies, ongoing construction projects, and projects which require immediate excavation.  Waivers may be obtained with a written request detailing the necessity of the project, and require the concurrence of the Director of the Department of Municipal DevelopmentThe requirements above may be waived for extenuating circumstances, i.e., emergencies, ongoing construction projects, and projects which require immediate excavation.  Waivers may be obtained with a written request detailing the necessity of the project, and require the concurrence of the Director of the Department of Municipal Development.