Upgrades will be done on 12th St. from I-40 to Menaul Blvd.
Albuquerque, NM– Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry, Governor James R. Mountain of San Ildefonso Pueblo, City Councilor Isaac Benton, representatives from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and other City Officials broke ground on Phase II of the 12th Street & Menaul Great Streets Improvements.
The overall improvements include roadway reconstruction, intersection improvements, traffic signal and street lighting improvements, bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks, storm drainage installation and modification, utility adjustments, landscaping improvements, and new bus stop locations and infrastructure.
“The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a beautiful reflection of Albuquerque and New Mexico’s rich culture and heritage,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “By improving the area of 12th street and Menaul for both drivers and pedestrians, we are making the center more accessible for all visitors while also beautifying the neighborhood.”
This project is occurring in City Council District 2, represented by Councilor Isaac Benton. He remarked, “This project will make this important commercial, cultural and neighborhood corridor into a safer and more pleasant place for driving, walking, biking, shopping and fun!”
This roughly $3 million project will take approximately 10 months. Funding for this project is coming from GO Bonds, 2016 gross receipt tax and ¼ cent tax. Design engineer was WPS | Parsons Brinckerhoff, in coordination with Morrow Reardon Wilkinson for landscaping. Construction will be completed by Albuquerque Asphalt.
Phase I was completed in 2012 and included the addition of a roundabout at Indian School Road and the Menaul Extension as well as landscaping and multimodal improvements. Phase III, will include Menaul Boulevard from the Menaul Extension to approximately Los Tomases Drive, 12th Street from south of Menaul Boulevard to La Poblana Road. A roundabout at the 12th Street/Menaul Boulevard intersection will be added along with roadway and landscaping improvements.
“We are excited to begin Phase II of this project,” said Melissa Lozoya, Acting Director for the Department of Municipal Development. “After much input from the community and surrounding businesses, we know these improvements will benefit many.”
The City of Albuquerque Department of Municipal Development (DMD) and Councilor Isaac Benton worked closely with the Near North Valley Neighborhood Association and the 12th and Menaul Committee, as well as with Indian Pueblos Marketing Inc., throughout the development of the construction plans for this project. The improvements reflect this collaborative effort and are expected to result in a community activity center that all stakeholders can appreciate.
This project is the latest in a number of highly successful and largely utilized projects that have been built under the Berry Administration. Since 2009, the City has invested over $500M in the community through over 440 projects like the Albuquerque Convention Center, Unser Central Library and Lead and Coal Improvements. This recent investment adds on to the $124M in over 115 completed projects in Albuquerque’s North Valley.
Project area phase plan attached.