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Councilor: Traffic test on Coal going ‘reasonably well’

MORE ON THE ABORTED LEAD TEST: Last week’s column reported that Albuquerque City Councilor Isaac Benton pulled the plug on a traffic project on Lead just a few days into the two-week test. Here’s the rest of the story:

Benton explains that he “was approached by the developer of the city-supported Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency (MRA) project at Fourth and Coal to maximize on-street parking in support of the project. I subsequently convened a meeting with the developer, the Department of Municipal Development (DMD) and MRA to request that the left-turn lanes on Coal on the blocks between Fourth and Second be eliminated in favor of on-street parking. At the request of DMD, City Council District 2 set-aside funds were used for the study. I requested no changes to existing plans for Lead; however, the department decided to add barricading on Lead Avenue.

“Upon hearing that there was a problem occurring, at my request, the barricading on Lead was removed. The test is continuing on Coal, and so far is operating reasonably well.”

COUNTY CLEANS UP FOR FIESTA: A reader called last week to report that, once again, the desert willows are growing through the residential wall on the west side of Golf Course north of Paradise.

And she hopes they will be trimmed in time for Balloon Fiesta guests.

Amor Solano, head of Bernalillo County’s Operations and Maintenance Department, says that stretch “is not on our maintenance list. (Last week we were) focusing on Alameda, Edith, Fourth and Second Street for Balloon Fiesta. (Golf Course) is not included in the Balloon Fiesta vicinity.

“Our clean team is rotating districts every week, so the next week they are scheduled for North Valley work is the week of Oct. 15. We will place this location on the list; however, the supervisor of the area determines the priority of work.”

And the first priority to get things cleaned up may be to have property owners do their fair share.

“Please also know that the area between the roadway and the property line is county right of way, however, the county has an ordinance that this ‘set-back’ area is the responsibility of the adjacent homeowner to clean for weeds and litter – the City of Albuquerque has a similar ordinance. We do help when we can; however, we are overwhelmed with work, so we are starting to enforce the set-back ordinance in certain areas.”

Editorial page editor D’Val Westphal tackles commuter issues for the Metro area on Mondays. Reach her at 823-3858;; or P.O. Drawer J, Albuquerque, N.M. 87103.



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