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Making Strides for Safety as Construction Begins at Central Crossing

At-grade crossing will boost safety and neighborhood connectivity
May 22, 2024

ALBUQUERQUE – Today marks the beginning of a transformative journey for the Central Crossing Bridge. Demolition begins for the existing pedestrian undercrossing to prepare for the construction of two ramps, one on each side of the pass, to provide a safe and accessible at-grade crossing on the upper railway portion. This significant infrastructure improvement will not only enhance safety, but also foster a stronger sense of community and connectivity between the neighborhoods it serves.

The pedestrian underpass at Central Crossing on 1st St. and Central Ave. has had safety concerns for years and is an undesirable walkway between East Downtown and the Downtown Core. The City is taking decisive action to address these issues and create a more welcoming and secure environment for all residents and visitors.

"Our community has been asking for an at-grade crossing at the First and Central Crossing for years, and now we are delivering,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “This project is one of the many ways we are leveling up downtown Albuquerque and investing in safety so folks feel welcome when walking downtown.”

Moreover, the site at Central Crossing is a key component of the future Albuquerque Rail Trail, an iconic and artistic pedestrian and bicycle parkway that will reflect Albuquerque’s vibrant history and cultural diversity. This 7-mile bike and walking loop will be our "Trail of Enchantment." It will not only connect Downtown, Old Town, Sawmill, the Rail Yards, and the Bosque it will tell the story of this place our families call home.

“This project is a crucial step in realizing our vision for the Albuquerque Rail Trail,” said MRA Director Terry Brunner. “The new at-grade crossing is a testament to our agency's dedication to revitalizing and reimagining public spaces for the betterment of our communities, bringing our families closer together.”