New additions to trail allow bicyclists and pedestrians to avoid crossing traffic lanes.
Mayor Berry, joined by bicyclists, cut the ribbon to officially open the new trial notches along the North Diversion Channel Trial. The notches, or under crossings, allow bicyclists and pedestrians to stay on the trail without having to cross vehicular traffic lanes on Menaul, Candelaria, Comanche, and Osuna Boulevards.
"Anytime you can separate bicyclists and pedestrians from crossing vehicular travel lanes, it's going to improve public safety," Mayor Berry said. "We really need to thank our partners at AMAFCA for letting us use their facility to make these improvements."
AMAFCA, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority, owns and maintains the North Diversion Channel. For years, people have used the trail adjacent to the channel for bicycling and walking/running. Now, they can continue to enjoy their outdoor activities without having to leave the trail.
"Since 1980, AMAFCA has had a vision for truly integrated drainage corridors," AMAFCA Board Chairman Tim Eichenberg said. "The addition of the new bike notches should be celebrated as a true public amenity to all of those who live in Albuquerque."
DMD is currently designing widening the Singer Boulevard bridge at the North Diversion Channel. This bridge will also have a notch. This will allow complete access to the trail from Indian School Road to Balloon Fiesta Park without having to cross traffic.
Construction cost for the three notches is approximately $1.7 Million dollars and is funded by federal grants with a local match from the 1/4 cent transportation infrastructure tax. Local contractor RMCI constructed the notches.