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While the weather is cold, Paradise work is on hold

FULL PARADISE WAITING ON WARMER WEATHER: Drivers in the northwest quadrant might have noticed that the orange barrels are missing from Paradise Boulevard between Golf Course and Eagle Ranch.

But the old asphalt is not.

Johnny Chandler, who handles info for the city Department of Municipal Development, says that “the orange barrels are gone and the majority of the project is completed.” He has explained in this column before that taxpayers’ $3 million paid for “two lanes in each direction, a multiuse trail on the south side of the roadway and a continuous sidewalk on the north side of the Paradise. We will also rehabilitate the existing roadway, add traffic signage, street lighting as well as storm drain modifications and traffic signal modifications.”

However, “the re-paving will be done this spring/summer as part of DMD’s road rehabilitation/paving program. The temperature for this to happen needs to be 55 degrees and rising.”

BUMPIN’ ALONG ON MENAUL/LOUISIANA: Eileen Zamora asks, “Why is the road in such a ridiculous condition at the intersection of Menaul and Louisiana? When coming (from the) south on Louisiana and making a right turn to head east on Menaul, the road is ridiculously bumpy and at times hard to navigate. What can be done to fix this?”

Chandler says, “Menaul east of Louisiana, according to our 2019 road rehabilitation map, is shown to be in very good condition. This is the case for Menaul from Louisiana to Eubank. We do not have any plans to rehabilitate this section of Menaul anytime soon.”

While we’re in the area, “Menaul west of Louisiana is listed in fair condition, according to our yearly road conditions survey. The road is on our department’s five-year watch list at this time. Road conditions change year to year, and we will continue to monitor this section of Menaul and the entire city to rehab our roads as needed.”

Meanwhile, “Louisiana just south of Menaul is a road that we are aware of and is listed as fair on our road conditions list. The good news is that we are planning on re-paving this section of Louisiana just south of Menaul in the summer of 2020 so we can give these drivers some relief.”

As for Eileen’s rough ride? Chandler says “potholes and sun cracks are a reality in Albuquerque, and if this is adding to a rougher ride than normal, please call 311 or use the OneABQ app to alert us to this standard maintenance issue.”

WHEN EMISSIONS CHECK DOESN’T RECOGNIZE YOUR NEW CAR: Dan Faber emails he recently “bought a new car from a dealer in New York and had it shipped to me in Los Ranchos. The dealer says I must have its emissions tested within 90 days even though the car is new. Is that right?”


Maia Rodriguez, public information coordinator for the city’s Planning and Environmental Health departments, explains that “for the first registered owner of a new vehicle, the vehicle has four years from date of initial registration before an emissions test is required. However, an emissions test is required upon first change of ownership – (i.e.) second registered owner.

“When a vehicle is bought from out of state, since the dealership isn’t registering the vehicle, it looks to MVD’s system like a second-owner vehicle. This customer can call VPMD (Vehicle Pollution Management Division) at 505-764-1110 or email to provide documentation about the vehicle, and we will issue an exemption certificate so that it will no longer be flagged for an emissions test until one is required.”

MAKE THIS A SAFE HOLIDAY: The New Mexico Department of Transportation has some recommendations for a season free of crashes, injuries and fatalities. It cites National Safety Council statistics that indicate “as many as 278 people may be killed in crashes between Christmas and New Year’s Day.”

So buckle up. Designate a sober driver. Avoid distracted driving. Get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue on long drives. And make sure your vehicle is properly maintained.

Or take advantage of NMDOT’s “Take a Ride on Us” program, which is offering a $10 Uber credit in conjunction with the city of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, Cumulus radio stations and Uber. Use the code ABQMERRY19 in the Uber app.

Happy Holidays!

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.



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