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Alameda, Ellison, Tramway and rotten apricots

ALAMEDA GETS HOUSES; WHERE’S THE ROADWORK?: Bruce Hoover writes via email “So Alameda between San Pedro and Louisiana on the eastbound side of the street is showing no signs of being improved where the Pulte Residential Development is being completed. Looks to me like the city and state planning departments have lost this priority because of all the other nonsense going on. Can you please check one more time and find out why Pulte is being allowed to develop a residential neighborhood of 50 or 60 houses without holding them accountable for the road improvements that should be tied to this development in a timely manner?”

Done. Maia Rodriguez, public information coordinator for the city of Albuquerque’s Planning and Environmental Health departments, explains “we are in the final stages of approving the plans along Alameda. This segment of Alameda is under several ownerships, but one person has a contract with the owners to manage the construction of the improvements. We can have the developers start the improvements as soon as they submit the work-order paperwork. We are hoping that the improvements would start in less than a couple of months and are pushing to get this done as soon as possible.”

WHERE’S THAT ELLISON PAVING? Roberta Murata says in an email “Some time ago, I remember reading several comments in your column concerning the eroded surface on Ellison NW from Coors Bypass in front of Cibola High School to the intersection at Golf Course. I remember one citizen in particular who complained of getting a sore bottom from all the grinding on her vehicle. I’m also sure I read that repairs were scheduled for this summer in June or July. I know I’m not the only West Sider who is anxiously awaiting this work to be done. However, in your (June 8) column that lists the summer road improvement projects, no mention was made of it. Please tell me that repairs have not been canceled!”

They have not.

Johnny Chandler, who handles information for the city’s Municipal Development Department, says “what our department was planning for Ellison Drive NW last year is still on the schedule. The Department of Municipal Development Street Maintenance Division is on track to rehabilitate Ellison Drive NW. … Drivers can expect to see the roadwork begin in August. The work will encompass a new roadway and new roadway striping.”

TRAMWAY NEEDS LOVE, TOO: Frank Bouchier emails he found the June 22 column on Tramway repaving “very encouraging. As someone who rides a bike as often as I drive a car on this stretch of road, I find the inclusion of the shoulders in the repaving job, and striping for bike lanes at intersections, a big improvement over the previous conditions. Is it too much to hope that the same approach will be taken on further phases? This roadway, along with the adjacent multi-use path have been getting a lot of use these days as people search for COVID-safe places to get out and exercise.”

Hope is a good thing. Kimberly Gallegos of the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s District Three office says “this is a repaving project on NM 556, I-40 to Montgomery. The next portion of the project will take place soon and will include shoulders and look much like what has already been done.”

PICK UP YOUR FALLEN FRUIT: Just Curious emails “at the southeast corner of Lowell and Academy, there is an apricot tree that has limbs hanging over the wall. The apricots fall onto the sidewalk, making a huge gooey mess and a person has to step into the street to avoid getting the mess on one’s shoes and on paws of dogs. Would the property owner be responsible for removing the rotten fruit from the sidewalk, or would the city be the ones to come out and clean the walk off? On busy mornings, it’s dangerous to walk onto Academy to avoid the mess.”

Rodriguez says, “Yes it is the responsibility of the property owner to pick these up. We understand the concern over the fruit, but it’s not a code violation. We hope that property owners will be a good neighbor and pick up the fruit from their trees.”

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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