Mayor Chávez appointed William Westmoreland as Traffic Manager.
Today Mayor Chávez has announced the appointment of William Westmoreland as Traffic Manager, a position which will oversee the cooperation between departments in order to ease the flow of traffic and improve response times for emergencies.
The City of Albuquerque generally enjoys unencumbered traffic throughout the metropolitan area under normal circumstances. Compared to many similar sized regional metropolitan areas, Albuquerque traffic is mostly on the go, rather than crawling or stopped.
Things can change rapidly, however, when there is a problem on one of our major thoroughfares, especially on I-40 east-west routes during daily rush hours. If the effort to remove the problem and return normal traffic flow takes more than 30 minutes, the mass of vehicles, results in widespread delays for commuters on roads.
The coordination, cooperation, and overlapping of the agencies, their expertise, and infrastructure will provide an enormous opportunity to streamline emergency efforts, save lives, and reduce the time, costs, and frustration for everyone involved in an emergency event.