Southwest Albuquerque about to get brighter

Let there be light – in Southwest Albuquerque.

So declared city officials recently in announcing a $2.8 million “major street lighting project” that should have area residents beaming.

The Department of Municipal Development this month will put out a request for proposal for 267 new streetlights in City Council District 3, according to a city news release.

“This project will add lights to major roadways that currently go dark at sunset, including Bridge, Tower, Blake, Gibson and more,” the release says. “It will also install 52 streetlights along the final leg of the (Albuquerque Rapid Transit) route on Central Avenue from Coors Boulevard to Unser, so every streetlight on Central from Louisiana Avenue to Unser will look and operate the same.”

Mayor Tim Keller called the lighting “long overdue.” Area Councilor Klarissa Peña said it would boost safety and quality of life.

Areas where the streetlights will be installed are Central from Unser to Coors; Bridge from Central to Old Coors; Tower from Unser to 75th; Tower from Unser to Autumn View; Sage from 98th to Unser; Arenal from Unser to Coors; Gibson from 98th to Unser; and Blake from 98th to the diversion channel just west of Coors.

The project cost, estimated at $2.8 million, will be paid for with quarter-cent transportation tax bond money, the city said.

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