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Revved up for a speed round of road questions

YOU ASK, THEY ANSWER: Questions have been pouring in during the pandemic shutdown, and traffic experts have been busy researching the answers. Let’s get right to it.

MORE TRAMWAY ON THE WAY: K. M. Ortiz asks by email “why the repaving of Tramway, I-40 to Montgomery, stopped short of the Montgomery intersection? The intersection is in dire need of repaving, and the striping is nonexistent.

“I travel north on Tramway and turn west on to Montgomery every day. I use the inside turn bay, and every time, the car in the right turn bay takes the corner too sharp, forcing me in to the median. When will the lane markers through the intersection be repainted?”

Kimberly Gallegos, who handles information for the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s District 3 Office, says “the project on Tramway is in progress and has not been finished yet. It will resume at the end of June and has an estimated completion date of late July or early August and will extend all the way to the county line. The repaved section was striped a couple of days ago, and striping will be done as reasonable segments of this project are completed.”

SB I-25 EXIT NEEDS NEW SIGN: Bruce Nesbit emails, “The sign for exit 231 on I-25 southbound needs to be redone. It indicates that both right lanes are exit only, but only the far right lane is exit only and the other lane can continue straight.”

Gallegos says she “will inform our sign crew about the sign at exit 231 and have it corrected. Please thank the writer for making us aware of this issue!”

A FLASHING YELLOW PRIMER: Cheryl Haaker emails that after the June 16 column “mentioned flashing yellow left arrows being installed at intersections” she’d like a rundown of what that means. “I’m familiar with solid yellow left arrows, which mean ‘get out of the intersection ASAP,’ and which follow the green arrow. When the yellow is flashing, what does that signify? Is it any different from a simple green light, where you can take a left if it’s safe?”

That’s pretty much what it is. Johnny Chandler at Albuquerque’s Department of Municipal Development shared a graphic showing left arrows like this: steady red, stop and wait; steady yellow, stop if you can do so safely; flashing yellow, proceed after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians; and steady green, proceed with turn.

YOU STILL STOP ON RED, RIGHT? Parker Sando asks for a reality check “if I’m remembering my driver’s training wrong. When I pull up to a red light at an intersection and I’m going to make a right turn I always stop, look both ways, then start up again and turn right. All over the city, but particularly in the North Valley, I’m driving behind drivers who pull up to the red light, maybe slow down a bit, but just make their right hand turn without stopping at all. That is still wrong driving isn’t it?”

It is. N.M. Statute 66-7-105 C on red signals says, in part, “Vehicular traffic facing the signal shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if there is no crosswalk, then before entering the intersection, and may turn right after standing until the intersection may be entered safely, provided that such vehicular traffic shall yield the right of way to all pedestrians and vehicles lawfully in or approaching the intersection.”

And reader Pat Sanche shares that a good spot for the next flashing yellow would be Coors and Iliff.

TAKE A RIDE ON US: That’s what NMDOT, Bernalillo County, the city of Albuquerque, Cumulus radio stations and Uber want folks who have imbibed to do as restaurants and breweries reopen, according to a NMDOT news release.

Through the end of the month, those who have had one too many for the road in the Albuquerque area will get an Uber credit of up to $10. The release says there’s funding to cover 3,000 rides.

Just use the Uber app and code SUMMER2020. “Tips are not included and refunds are not provided for trips that cost less than the $10 credit. All riders are required to wear masks.”

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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