ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — CAN’T THE CITY COORDINATE CONSTRUCTION? Franklin Halasz speaks for many metro-area drivers with that question.
He emails “wouldn’t it be possible to coordinate construction projects so there are reasonable alternate routes? Tying up Montgomery, Eubank, Wyoming and Academy simultaneously just leads to a horrible mess.”
Actually, the city does coordinate road construction projects. It’s a full-time job.
Mark Motsko, who handles information for the city’s Department of Municipal Development, got with DMD construction coordinator Paula Dodge-Kwan, who explains “we do not allow scheduled construction on adjacent parallel streets simultaneously for scheduled work. We also try not to have scheduled construction sites too near each other; however, this time of year there can be conflicts. In addition, the major utilities, Albuquerque Public Schools and various other developments request and need work to be completed to meet deadlines.”