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Public hearing Wednesday on Sunport Boulevard extension

A public hearing is scheduled for today on a $19 million proposal to extend Sunport Boulevard westward to Broadway, across part of a South Valley Superfund site.

Sunport – a key entrance into the Albuquerque airport – now ends at Interstate 25. The proposed extension would take the road to Broadway, a distance of about a half-mile.

It would be a four-lane divided highway, with access to local roads.

Bernalillo County, which would build the project, contends the work won’t interfere with cleanup of the Superfund site, which was contaminated by a variety of firms that worked on weapons and aircraft.

An environmental assessment prepared by URS Corp. concluded that the proposed road “is necessary for efficient and safe travel” and that it “would not result in significant adverse impacts.”

Opponents from the SouthWest Organizing Project and San Jose and Mountanview neighborhoods, however, contend the proposed extension would worsen traffic and pollution in a community already dealing with the Superfund site.

County Commissioner Art De La Cruz supports the project.

“The new extension will help to improve the immediate area through infill development, reduce traffic on Broadway Boulevard near the East San Jose community and most importantly, increase economic development opportunities,” he said in a written statement.

Today’s public hearing will include a presentation on the environmental assessment and discussion of the overall project.

People can also submit their comments by Sept. 7 to peter.hinckley@aecom.com.


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