ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s the last Road Warrior column of 2019, and a chance to wrap up as many loose ends as possible when it comes to readers’ traffic questions. Here we go:
WHY DOESN’T UNIVERSITY GO THROUGH?
That comes from Robert Anderson, who asked in an email why the city has allowed University Boulevard to detour around a neighborhood instead of running from Interstate 40 to Mesa del Sol, causing a “transportation bottleneck.”
Johnny Chandler, public information coordinator for Albuquerque’s Department of Municipal Development, says the city “does not have any plans to make University a through street south of Gibson. University dead-ends at the Thomas Bell Community Center and is a residential street that abuts many local residents who have lived in this neighborhood for many decades. The University expansion through Mesa del Sol south of Sunport is in development terms much more recent and is there to accommodate the city’s expansion for the growing film industry and assist with traffic to and from the Isleta Pavilion, Netflix and residents. Expanding University to make it a through street would uproot many residents and eliminate a great park for those who live there.”