ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - There is another snag in the Paseo del Norte interchange project.
City leaders had hoped voters would approve $50 million for the project but now that may not happen.
Traffic really backs up at the Paseo del Norte exit especially at rush hour.
This November, city leaders were hoping voters would approve $50 million to help fund an interchange, but now that issue will likely not appear on the November ballot.
That is because the secretary of state asked the attorney general to see if that was legal on a general election ballot like the one in November. The attorney general says that a question to voters must be a state or county issue and the Paseo project is a city issue.
Mayor R.J. Berry is not giving up.
Berry says he could take it back to the city council for approval or the city could hold a special election for the Paseo project that would cost $400,000
"There’s a thousand ways to say no and not get things done..that's not what we're about.” Mayor Berry said. “We're about getting this project done because there are 56 million drivers a year that get stuck in traffic at Paseo, there's hundreds of thousands of man hours stuck in traffic, there's 500 accidents. I mean this is a project that needs to be done.”
Right now city officials are working through the issue.
The total cost for the interchange would be $93 million. The states pitching in $30 million, the county is contributing $5 million that has to be approved by voters and the feds are also pitching in.
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