The city of Albuquerque has again switched the traffic patterns in the Lead/Coal corridor as part of an ongoing $26 million project.
On July 31, the former one-way Coal Avenue re-opened as a two-way traffic route between Interstate 25 and Washington Boulevard. Lead Avenue has been closed to traffic between those two points. Business and local traffic will continue to be allowed on Lead.
Washington will be closed for two weeks as of July 31 as part of the Lead and Coal project. More information is available at a special website created for the project.
Michael Riordan, director of the Department of Municipal Development, said this is the symbolic half-way point on the project.
“Drivers on Coal can now get a glimpse of what the final design will look like,” he said.
The project is slated for completion in spring 2012. It includes intersection improvements, storm drainage infrastructure, traffic calming elements, bicycle lanes, and sidewalk and landscaping improvements, according to the city.
This is huge for the residents of the Nob Hill, UNM South, and Ridgecrest areas which use these roads on a daily basis. The work done to date looks terrific and should make these areas even more appealing than they already are.