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Stuck signals back up traffic

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PASEO CLOSED THIS WEEKEND: Drivers in the northwest quadrant of the Metro area will need to find an alternate route to I-25 from 7 tonight through 5 a.m. Monday. Paseo will be closed from the railroad tracks to Jefferson.

Alameda and Osuna are the recommended weekend detours; Jefferson will be open but reduced to a single lane in each direction.

The closures are so crews can move barriers and re-stripe the pavement, according to a project news release, so, come Monday, drivers will jog to the left/north of the permanent pavement. The work will allow crews to begin building a key component of the interchange rebuild, the bridge that will take Paseo over Jefferson to the freeway. The $93 million project is scheduled for completion in December; until then, drivers can sign up for free text or email updates at paseoi25.com.

MYSTERY PEDESTRIANS MAKE ALAMEDA A PARKING LOT: Jlw.corrales emails that this is the case “after 7 a.m. It clears out past Fourth though – it seems like the light … is not long enough. There is very little stack-up on Fourth in either direction. Can the light be timed for a longer interval?”

It’s not the timing as much as stuck pedestrian signals. David Mitchell, director of Bernalillo County Operations and Maintenance, explains “there have been two or three pedestrian buttons sticking internally at Fourth. (A crew) changed out the hardware last week and (is) ordering all new solid-state buttons with indicator lights for all of Alameda’s intersections.”

While a stuck walk button may seem peripheral, Mitchell says, “that little minor component was wreaking actual havoc on the system, causing the mainline (Alameda) green light to step down to a 14-second mainline cycle.” The issue also gave the signal software folks the opportunity to “reset the minimum times that could be allowed – even if there were busloads of pedestrians trying to cross Alameda.”

Assistant editorial page editor D’Val Westphal tackles commuter issues for West Siders and Rio Ranchoans on Saturdays. Reach her at road@abqjournal.com.

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