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Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) Encourages Accessing Central Ave Via Alternate Routes


The Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project team has started heavy construction within the construction corridor on Central Avenue from Coors Boulevard to Louisiana Boulevard. During construction, the team encourages drivers who use Central Avenue for their morning and evening commutes to consider alternate routes such as I-40, Lomas Boulevard, and Lead and Coal Avenues. The ART team encourages people to continue to frequent Central Avenue businesses, and come together to support our local businesses.

“Central Avenue will always be open with at least one lane of traffic flowing in each direction throughout construction,” said Mayor Richard Berry. “Now, more than ever, is the time to support the businesses on Central Avenue.”

To keep traffic moving as quickly as possible throughout the duration of construction, the ART team recommends not using Central Avenue as a thoroughfare, but instead using it mainly to access businesses or residences.  Suggested alternate routes include:

  • Taking Lomas as a cross-town thoroughfare
  • Taking I-40 to various north and south routes
  • Taking I-25 to Lead/Coal and utilizing Lead or Coal as cross-town thoroughfares
  • Taking I-25 to MLK for quicker access to downtown businesses and residences

The project team also recommends that, if possible, drivers consider adjusting their drive times to avoid rush hour traffic.

People can get additional information and construction updates at or by calling 505-398-4ART.