Paseo del Norte / Unser Expansion

A much needed short-term project to accommodate new and proposed District 5 neighborhoods, APD, Fire and rescue.

Project Contacts

Giselle Alvarez
Councilor Dan Lewis Policy Analyst
[email protected]

Tom Menicucci
Associate Director of Capital & Community Projects
[email protected]

As Paseo del Norte and Unser Blvd. are regional arterials that gather vehicles from all four corners of the Northwest Mesa it is imperative these two major streets are fully built to function with minimal congestion and maximum traffic flow.  As such, it is a City of Albuquerque priority to receive funding from Albuquerque’s Capital Implementation Program, the State Legislature’s Capital Outlay funds, and federal monies allocated to the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area for the development of roadway cross-sections for Paseo del Norte from Calle Nortena to Rainbow Road and for Unser Boulevard from Kimmick Drive to Paradise Road.                        

History and Completed Steps:

  • January 2018:  The City submits a Capital Outlay Request to the New Mexico State Legislature to begin funding improvements to Paseo Del Norte and Unser Blvd. This first time request was not awarded though it did provide an opportunity for City Council to inform the State Legislators that the City of Albuquerque would commence with a multi-year initiative to procure funding for improvements to Paseo Del Norte and Unser Blvd.
  • Spring of 2018: As requested by City Council, the City of Albuquerque’s Department of Municipal Development reviews the feasibility of constructing a reversible lane on Paseo Del Norte, as an interim solution until the full roadway cross-sections can be developed.  The Department determines that the addition of two additional lanes is required even for an interim solution.
  • September 2018: City Council requests $750,000 in City infrastructure monies budgeted in 2012 for roadway projects in City Council District 5 but remaining unspent be reallocated to the widening of Paseo del Norte from Kimmick Dr. to Rainbow Rd. as included in Resolution 18-80 AMENDING THE ADOPTED CAPITAL IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAM OF THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE BY APPROVING NEW PROJECTS, SUPPLEMENTING CURRENT APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGING THE SCOPE OF EXISTING PROJECTS.
  • October 1, 2018: Albuquerque City Council approves Resolution 18-84 Establishing the Development of Roadway Cross-Sections for Paseo Del Norte from Calle Nortena to Rainbow Road And For Unser Boulevard From Kimmick Drive to Paradise Road As A Priority for the City of Albuquerque’s, Capital Implementation Program, The City of Albuquerque’s State Legislative Agenda And The City’s List of Projects For Transportation Improvement Program Of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area
  • December 17, 2018: Resolution 18-115 ESTABLISHING LEGISLATIVE AND BUDGET PRIORITIES FOR THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE FOR THE 2019 NM STATE LEGISLATURE was passed by City Council including a request to fund the expansion of Paseo del Norte between Calle Nortena and Rainbow, and further establishing the expansion of Paseo del Norte as a neighborhood priority. 
  • January 2019: The City plans to issue an engineering planning contract to develop conceptual plans for developing these roadway cross-sections in phases.