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ABQ crews begin work on long-awaited Ladera project

Construction workers lay asphalt on Ladera Drive as part of a beautification project that will also add bicycle lanes and other improvements. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

Construction workers lay asphalt on Ladera Drive as part of a beautification project that will also add bicycle lanes and other improvements. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — City construction crews are working on a $3 million project that will add landscaping, bicycle lanes and a traffic signal along Ladera Drive on the West Side.

A bipartisan group of city and state officials celebrated the project Tuesday morning.

“We’re investing in our place,” Mayor Richard Berry, a Republican, said. The project “will make the area more beautiful and it will make it safer to be a cyclist.”

He was joined by three Democrats – Councilor Ken Sanchez, state Sen. Jacob Candelaria and state Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas. The funding comes from the city and state governments.

Neighborhood leaders have been pushing for improvements to Ladera for a decade.

“This project has been long overdue,” Sanchez said.

Crews will install a traffic signal at Ladera and Sequoia. The median and lanes for vehicle traffic will be narrower, bike lanes will be widened and landscaping will be planted. There are also storm drainage improvements.

Work is expected to be done by summer.

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