Mayor Tim Keller, Council President Cynthia Borrego, and Rio Rancho Officials Break Ground on the Multi-Modal Expansion of Westside Boulevard

Roadway Expansion from Golf Course Rd. NW to N.M. 528 will bring needed relief and additional safety to walkers, bikers and drivers.

March 17, 2021

From City of Albuquerque Department of Municipal Development.

Mayor Tim Keller, Council President Cynthia Borrego, District 5 and Rio Rancho Mayor Greg Hull broke ground on a new multi-modal expansion of Westside Boulevard from Golf Course Rd. NW to N.M. 528.

The project will bring much needed traffic relief on a heavily used road just south of the Albuquerque-Rio Rancho border. The Northwest part of Albuquerque and southern portion of Rio Rancho demonstrate active growth. Westside Blvd.’s current two-lane roadway no longer accommodates the amount of traffic the road currently hosts and is lacking pedestrian and bicyclist facilities.

“Our continued investment on the Westside north and south of I-40 is apparent,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Not only are we expanding driver’s capacity, we are also investing in facilities for walkers and bicyclist. West of the River has houses, retail and businesses, but it does not have multi-modal accommodations and we are changing that.”

Westside Blvd. NW’s multi-modal expansion will improve traffic flow, enhance drainage, and add bicycle lanes in both directions. Improved ADA compliance, new street lighting in the newly constructed medians and a multi-use trail on the Boulevard’s north side all promise equality of access, greener travel options and improved amenities for Albuquerque and Rio Rancho commuters.

“It is an exciting day—The Westside Blvd. project is being developed through a partnership with The Federal Department of Transportation which provided matching funds to The City to gather a total amount of approximately $10 million.” Said Council President Cynthia Borrego “The Project will widen the existing GAP section of Westside between NM528 and Golf Course from 2 to 4 lanes.

Westside Blvd. Groundbreaking

After roadway construction is completed, the COA will initiate a Quality of Life Enhancement Phase II to include a review of potential noise mitigation measures, and creation of a median landscaping prototype designed through a community decision process on the landscape palette materials. I am committing $300,000 from District 5 GO bond set-aside funding to ensure the quality of life of adjacent neighborhoods is preserved in Westside Blvd.’s Phase II.”

“Westside Boulevard is a gateway thoroughfare for Rio Rancho and Albuquerque residents,” said Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull. “I want to thank the City of Albuquerque for working on this much-needed and long-anticipated project that benefits all West-siders.”

The Westside Blvd. expansion project’s approximate cost is $9.3 million dollars, funded by both Federal Highway Administration Funds and City of Albuquerque General Obligation Bonds and with the assistance of the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) and the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT).  The project is anticipated to be completed in the late summer of 2022.