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City Makes Eubank Tunnel and I-40 Multi-Use Trail Safer with New Lighting

Eight new lights will improve visibility, increase public safety

With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, more people are getting outside and using Albuquerque’s trails and open spaces than any time in recent memory. Along with increased enforcement, the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department is also investing in infrastructure that increases safety. This week the department installed eight new lights in the Eubank tunnel along the I-40 multi-use trail. The lights will improve the overall safety of the trail, increasing visibility for trail users and deterring crime and vandalism. The project is one of numerous investments, totaling $1.7 million, the Department is making to improve security and address public safety at Parks and Recreation facilities across the entire city.

“Albuquerque’s trail system is a fantastic feature of our community,” stated Dave Simon, Director of Parks and Recreation. “This and other trail lighting projects are part of our comprehensive efforts to invest in the safety and security of our trails, parks, and other recreation facilities.”

The tunnel along the I-40 trail under Eubank Blvd NE is heavily trafficked by recreational and commuter bicyclists. The new lights will help brighten the tunnel for trail users, particularly in the early morning and evening hours.

Some trail lighting in tunnels, in places such as the Eubank tunnel and in underpasses along the North Diversion Channel Trail, have previously been subject to vandalism. The new lights that will be installed in the Eubank tunnel are heavy duty and should be less susceptible to damage and are also constructed to withstand heavy vibrations from traffic overhead. The Parks and Recreation Department is investing $31,875 to improve the lighting in the Eubank tunnel. If the technology proves durable, the Department hopes to outfit other such areas along the City’s trail system.

During construction, detours around the tunnel will be necessary. Please see the map below for detour information.

Map I-40 Trail Eubank Tunnel Detour April 2020