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ART To Begin Sidewalk Construction Throughout Corridor in January, 2017

Nob Hill & Old Town Construction to Resume As Well

The Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) construction has begun notifying businesses in EDo (East Downtown-Broadway to I-25) of sidewalk construction that will begin in mid-January. The ART team reminds the community that businesses are open, and access will always be available during construction. Business access will be maintained by varied configurations of sidewalk re-routing, temporary barricading to provide safe pedestrian walkways, ADA compliant ramps and business access and pedestrian walkway signage.

Some benefits of this phase of the project will be the addition of ADA compliant 6-foot sidewalks in most of the areas, improved landscaping with 4,000 additional trees and shrubs, additional lighting for both ambiance and safety, and the first leg of a state-of-the-art rapid transit system for Albuquerque.

Median work will resume in Nob Hill beginning January 2, 2017, which will result in many left turns being closed. Left turns will be closed during this phase of construction both Eastbound and Westbound at Dartmouth, Bryn Mawr, Hermosa, Solano and Aliso. Richmond will be intermittently open and closed to left turns. During this phase of construction, left turns in both directions will remain open at Girard, Wellesley, Tulane, Amherst, Carlisle and Morningside. Drivers should plan accordingly, and go to the next left turn and circle back on Silver or Copper. This roadwork will be followed in late February or early March with sidewalk construction in Nob Hill.

Construction will resume in the Old Town area from Rancho Seco to Clayton on both the north and south sides of the streets on January 2, 2017. Included in the ART construction is the long anticipated complete upgrade to the Rio Grande & Central intersection. Additionally, 50-year old water lines are being replaced by the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority.

Construction will also commence in the Louisiana/Central intersection. People using westbound ABQ Ride bus stops on Central from Louisiana to California and southbound on Louisiana will experience change; for information visit http://www.cabq.gov/transit

Weekly updates for all construction will be sent via e-blasts, text messages, the ART App (on both Android and iPhone platforms) and on the ART website at www.brtabq.com regarding all construction.

“As we’ve said from the start, Central Avenue is always open, and business access will always be made available during construction,” reiterated Mayor Richard J. Berry. “Just because it looks different, getting to your favorite restaurants, shopping and businesses is still easy.”

For more information or updates on the ART project, visit at www.brtabq.com or call 505-398-4ART.