ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Chances are it will rain again in Albuquerque some day. And, in the future, when it does, the Santa Barbara-Martineztown area is expected to be better protected during downpours.
Officials with the city and the Albuquerque Metropolitan Flood Control Authority broke ground Wednesday on the Marble-Arno Stormwater Pump Station and Detention Pond, a $17 million project.
“Major storm events in 2006, 2014 and 2018 flooded the Martineztown, Santa Barbara and Barelas neighborhoods,” the city said in a news release. “The original pump station, constructed in the 1960s, has aged and become inadequate over the years. In 2006, in cooperation with AMAFCA, the City of Albuquerque installed a small detention pond on the northwest corner of Lomas and Broadway, designed as a temporary flood control measure pending the completion of the Marble/Arno project.”
The new station and pond project, which will be just south of Marble and east of Broadway NE, will also include neighborhood improvements, such as wider sidewalks, area water and sanitary sewer lines, perimeter walls around the site, and the planting of trees and other greenery.
The new pond will be 24 acre-feet, or larger than the existing 13 acre-foot pond, and have a 30-foot wet well and a 24-foot pond to the force main, which carries excess water to the North Diversion Channel, according to the city.
The city says construction is expected to last about 15 months and be completed in late 2021.
Go to www.marblearno.com for more information or project updates.