ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It's a problem most schools face: Every morning and every afternoon, traffic congestion clogging up the roadways as parents pick up and drop off their kids.
In one neighborhood, it's particularly bad.
Now a proposed solution at Jefferson Middle School is making things a lot worse for some people.
But neighbors say Albuquerque Public Schools was devising a plan without their knowledge or consent and--literally--right in their backyards.
Traffic congestion near Lomas and Girard is a huge issue.
In the morning some parents try to avoid the congestion by having their kids cut through the neighborhood homes to get to school. In the afternoon, it's not any better.
"It's gets pretty bad. I got in an accident turning in here one time," said Bernadette Levaldo.
Marcia Widland agrees.
"There's sometimes two lines, sometimes people try to make three lines," she said.
Now APS has plans to create a two-lane road that would border the school property right by the track.
The district says it had a meeting about it at the school back in February.
But residents most affected by the construction say they had no idea about the project until just recently.
"We want to work with APS to solve the traffic problems in the neighborhood, for sure," Summit Park resident Jake Buehler said. "We don't want to pit neighbors against neighbors, but we want to be part of the solution.
"And quite frankly, we don't want a two-lane road in our backyards. They (APS) have not been forthcoming at all."
Neighbors there are concerned about possible air pollution, light pollution, noise pollution, and a huge fence installation - not to mention declining property values.
But the biggest concern they have is the lack of communication with APS officials.
"Poor communication is often the core of problems that need not arise," said Judy Jennings, Summit Park Neighborhood Association. "I would hope that APS learns from this and reaches out to communities in the future."
APS declined an on-camera interview about the issue. Chief Operations Officer Brad Winter said through a spokesperson that they'll do whatever they need to do to communicate with residents moving forward.
KRQE News 13 contacted the office of City Councilor Isaac Benton. His office said he's meeting with APS officials to find out more about the plans and to encourage APS to listen to residents' concerns before breaking ground.
APS plans to move forward soon. They say they'll have the main part of the road completed by August.
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