City Councilor Diane Gibson and Local Businesses Unveil New Street Lighting

The new street lighting has been installed on Cutler Ave. from Washington St. to the Embudo Trail.

August 11, 2020

Today, City Councilor Diane Gibson joined State Representatives Christine Trujillo and Liz Thomson, Bernalillo County Commissioner Jim Collie, and numerous local business owners as new street lighting on Cutler Avenue was unveiled.

Fourteen solar powered street lights were put up on this stretch of Cutler Ave. between Washington St. and the Embudo Channel Trail. This stretch includes 21st Century Public Academy, Keshet Dance Center for the Arts, Stone Age Climbing Gym, and leads to Green Jeans Farmery, which houses multiple local businesses. This lighting will eventually stretch all the way down to Carlisle Blvd.

Cutler Ave. Street Lighting Press Conference

The need for more lighting, to increase safety on the street for cars and pedestrians, was identified during the community planning process for Cutler Avenue that was led by Councilor Gibson. The process included community meetings with the area business owners, school leaders, and City Council Planning Staff to conduct a Strength-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats Analysis that helped develop numerous recommendations for improvements to the area. Lighting was a high priority for the group, as it would improve visibility and safety in the area. This group process and recommendations are contained in the Cutler Avenue Report.

“It’s exciting to bring these improvements to this featured area of the City,” said Councilor Gibson. “We brought the community together and let them lead this process to tell us what they wanted for this growing area. We were able to complete this project under estimated costs, by using solar powered lights. We’re saving money and energy while increasing safety with these lights.”

This lighting project cost $86,921.00 and was funded by State Capital Outlay, from Bernalillo County, and Councilor Set-aside funds. Councilor Gibson and this City’s Department of Municipal Development are continuing their work to make more pedestrian improvements and beautify this area.