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Why no word on the closure of Coors SW?

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WHY IS COORS SW CLOSED? A reader called to say northbound Coors between Tower and Central has been closed since mid-March – and there’s been “nothing in the news” about the project.

So what’s up?

Phil Gallegos, who handles information for the local office of the New Mexico Department of Transportation, says the $1.9 million asphalt rehabilitation project, which has six phases that alternate between northbound and southbound, was discussed at a public information meeting Jan. 21 at the Alamosa Community Center.

Overall, Albuquerque Asphalt Inc. will be rebuilding this section of Coors, also known as N.M. 45, and adding curbs, gutters, sidewalks and new signs through May 16. Work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Specifically, the current phase, Phase I, started March 15, is slated to run to March 29 and has the northbound lanes closed so crews can rebuild the road. The detour route has vehicles taking eastbound Tower to Old Coors Drive and westbound Tower to Unser.

Next up is Phase II, which will close southbound Coors from March 30 through April 12. That detour will send vehicles to eastbound Central to Old Coors Drive and westbound Central to Unser.

Phase III will switch back to northbound Coors, and have crews installing sidewalk and Americans with Disabilities Act ramps. There will be a single lane closed for this phase, which runs from April 2-7.

Phase IV moves back to southbound Coors, and will mirror the northbound sidewalks and ramps installation. Again, there will be just a single lane closed during this phase, from April 15-22.

Phase V will feature crews installing the signs and striping for northbound traffic, with a single lane closure April 14-16.

And the final phase, Phase VI, will wrap up with the signs and striping for southbound traffic and a single lane closure April 18-21.

During the project “ABQ Ride will re-route buses and create alternate bus stops,” a news release from NMDOT explains. “They will post their information at the bus stops.”

And, as always, Gallegos and NMDOT say, “Thank you for your patience during construction.”

WHY THIS PIECE OF COORS? But our reader isn’t finished. She says Coors north of Central is in much worse shape – “very washboardy” and should have been a higher priority.

Gallegos says “we cannot do everything at once and have to work within a budget.”

As for the Coors work going on just north of Central, Gallegos says “that is another project – Central to Hanover – and is not complete.”

That project, also a roadway rehab, is scheduled to wrap up May 16 as well.

Assistant editorial page editor D’Val Westphal tackles commuter issues for the Metro area on Mondays and West Siders and Rio Ranchoans on Saturdays. Reach her at 823-3858; road@abqjournal.com; P.O. Drawer J, Albuquerque, N.M. 87103; or go to ABQjournal.com/traffic to read previous columns and join in the conversation.

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