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Drivers playing create-a-ramp onto I-25 south

STOP THOSE I-25 RAMP JUMPERS: A reader emails that “on a number of occasions – because I visit REI a lot – I’ve witnessed vehicles headed southeast on Commerce Drive just north of the REI store (drive) (a)cross Pan American Freeway and merge directly onto south(bound) Interstate 25 instead of driving to the on-ramp south of Montaño Road.

“It appears to me the jersey barriers between I-25 and Pan American do not extend far enough to the southwest to prevent this shortcut. There is a well-worn track at the location showing the shortcut. Because of the limited visibility for southbound traffic on I-25 and the merging vehicle, I think it is a bad accident waiting to happen. I hope this concern can be addressed.”

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is on it.

Kimberly Gallegos, who handles info for the District 3 Office, says, “This issue had come up before, and we installed the delineators (the somewhat bendable lane dividers) on the paved segment because that is where they were cutting across to I-25. Apparently, the motorist is becoming more aggressive and now using the unpaved area between the delineators and the concrete wall barrier. Our Traffic Section will extend the delineators in this area to prevent that movement onto the interstate.”

IN NEED OF SOME EMISSIONS INFO: Gechert emails a question about vehicle emissions checks, which are required every two years in Bernalillo County.

“Previously when I renewed my registration, if the 2-year period was up, the website would ask for the test certificate number before I could renew. This time that did not happen. But when I got my renewal there was a statement that said something like you are required to keep a current emission certificate on the vehicle and that you could check your emission status” online.

But a trip to turned up direction to check vehicle status with the city website.

And a trip to the city website gives you “view vehicle emissions status at MyMVD online.”

So where does this circular exercise end?

Travis Miller, the city’s environmental health manager, says that “in September 2016, MVD did update their system and, as of then, entering an emissions certificate number when registering was no longer necessary.

“MVD’s current registration system checks our emissions test database against their registration database, and if the vehicle is in compliance for emissions, then the online registration process with MVD just continues.”

Miller explains that “emissions information is provided on MVD’s renewal postcard, MVD vehicle registration card and on the emissions certificate itself, but not during the online vehicle registration process with MVD. An emissions message is only shown during the registration process if there is an emissions issue.”

SO HOW DO I CHECK MY STATUS? Miller says, “MVD does direct customers to us for emissions information as most emissions issues should come to us. However, for the specific action of determining if your vehicle requires an emissions test for registration, our website does direct to MVD’s View My Vehicle’s Status webpage.

“This is because the process does require both emissions data and vehicle registration data from MVD to fully answer that question.

“We understand it is a little awkward to be directed back to MVD’s website, but there is a practical reason for it and MVD does have a simple way for you to check your emissions status online.”

Editorial page editor D’Val Westphal tackles commuter issues for the Metro area on Mondays. Reach her at 823-3858;; or 7777 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, N.M., 87109.