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Heavy work begins on Central for ART

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Months of debate, a pair of lawsuits and plenty of politicking gave way to this reality on Monday: Heavy construction of Albuquerque Rapid Transit is underway.

The city has promised that one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction throughout the project, and they encourage people to shop at, eat at and visit businesses in the construction areas.

The work is expected to wrap up late next year.

Visit www.brtabq.com and click on “construction updates” to learn more about how the work will be handled.

Here’s a look at some of what’s planned:

• West Central: Median removal at the Coors and Central intersection and lane closures on Central between Yucca and 52nd and between 47th and 40th streets.

• Old Town: Lane closures between Tingley and New York, median removal between New York and Clayton, and rerouting of some lanes between 14th and 10th streets.

• Downtown: Lane shifting on Sixth Street between Copper and Gold and on Copper between Fifth and Sixth streets.

• Nob Hill and university areas: Lane closures between Cedar and University, Stanford and Girard, Wellesley and Carlisle, Washington to Monroe, Monroe to San Mateo, San Mateo to Alvarado, and San Pedro to Louisiana.

Traffic will be shifted at University and Central, though the intersection will remain open.

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