Albuquerque, NM- City Councilor Ken Sanchez, Department of Municipal Development Acting Director Melissa Lozoya, and members of the community broke ground on the construction of Gunnison Place NW this afternoon as heavy machinery worked behind them.
“We have worked with the community for quite some time to make Gunnison into a permanent road and remove the open drainage hole at Gunnison and Ladera for the safety of the residents,” Councilor Sanchez said. “This area only has two access points into it, and we need to make sure they are reliable for those living here.”
The project completes the ultimate alignment of Gunnison Place NW with new curb and gutter, ADA accessible pedestrian facilities, and drainage improvements.
“This is one of those projects that is very important to the neighborhood,” Lozoya said. “It had a lot of moving parts, and we were finally able to get everyone on the same page to make it happen.”
The project was designed by local firm Huitt-Zollars. Construction will cost approximately $380,000 and is funded by ¼ cent transportation tax and general obligation bonds. Franklin’s Earthmoving is the contractor. Construction is expected to be complete before the end of the summer. Since 2009, the City has invested more than $98M in projects on the Westside of Albuquerque.