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Coors and Rio Grande to get repaving TLC

COORS GETTING A FACELIFT: Tom Knox emails “Coors between Sequoia and St. Joseph appears to be deteriorating bad(ly). The east side of the road has a lot of gravel coming off – very evident in the gutters and turn lanes. It hasn’t been too many years since this section was repa(v)ed. I know Coors is the state’s responsibility. It just keeps getting worse.”

But it’s about to get better soon.

Kimberly Gallegos, who handles information for the local District 3 office of the New Mexico Department of Transportation, says, “Coors between St. Joseph and Sequoia will be repaved this spring. We are aware of the issues up there. We are also going to include striping on this project.”


Hunt and Ann Look report that “a turn from Rio Grande east onto Bellamah and a turn east onto Mountain will destroy your car’s alignment. And if you happen to have any liquid beverage with you, you are going to be wearing it.”

Johnny Chandler, information coordinator for the city of Albuquerque’s Department of Municipal Development, says, “Your readers are correct. … We are working on Rio Grande from I-40 to Central as I write this. We are starting with improved ADA compliance along the sidewalks, which also includes new curb and gutters where needed.

“Following the concrete work, we will then come through and rehabilitate Rio Grande from I-40 to Central. After the roadway is rehabilitated, we will also restripe the roadway. All of this work is scheduled to be completed by mid-April as long as the weather does not affect our timeline. We need a consistent temperature of 45 degrees or above.”

WHY SO LONG AT SAN MATEO AND KATHRYN? Ann Goldenberg says via email, “The intersection of San Mateo at Kathryn SE has been down to one lane, southbound, for a couple of months, with nothing seeming to be happening or changing. The same barriers are always in the same spots. Can you find out what is going on and when it might be fixed?”

You bet. Chandler says, “The intersection of San Mateo and Kathryn has been under construction for some time. A local company was installing fiber line at this intersection and accidentally damaged some infrastructure – including a fiber line that was already installed by another company and the foundation to the traffic signal.

“DMD is holding the party responsible for the accidental damage they caused. This has caused a much longer delay than was anticipated.”

But “the good news is that the work” was scheduled to wrap up in February.

98TH/DENNIS CHAVEZ ROADS NOT WHAT THEY’RE CRACKED UP TO BE: Pete Parle has been concerned for years about the “unrepaired streets in the Anderson Hills neighborhood located west of 98th Street and North of Dennis Chavez.”

His email says. “The roads in this residential area have multiple gaps in the roadway, some 5 inches across. The asphalt has separated creating the gaps. The gaps run from one side of the street to the other. They have been in this shape for at least four years. I contacted 311 three years ago and eventually spoke to someone from streets division. The man said that the roads would be repaired as soon as the weather warmed.”

That didn’t happen.

Pete adds that “the gaps had previously been filled with tar, which overflowed and created a worse problem for automobiles and noise. The gaps cause damage to vehicle suspensions over a period of time and cause … significant noise when vehicles cross.”

Chandler says, “Crack sealing is an important part of what DMD Street Maintenance does every year. While we can fix potholes within 24 hours in most cases, crack sealing can take us up to six months to repair. We are adding the Anderson Hills neighborhood to our crack-sealing program this summer.”

Meanwhile, “The best way to inform DMD if there is a crack-sealing need in your community is by calling 311 or using the OneABQ app. DMD maintains over 4,600 miles of roadway in the city of Albuquerque, and our community members can be our greatest asset when it comes to maintenance.”

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


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