City considering getting rid of lane on a busy Albuquerque road

The city could take away lanes on a busy street to slow down drivers. It’s a street a lot of people use to avoid interstates while commuting to the university area and downtown.

Neighbors say Indian School is congested enough and reducing lanes would only make things worse. 

“They use it going across town and this is a very important entrance point for both I-25 and I-40,” says Joe Shaw. 

Neighbors on Indian School say it’s the best option for getting into downtown. 

“They are going from Carlisle down to Broadway and then getting to work that way, which is the most efficient way,” says Jim Kubie. 

However, they worry that may not be the case for long. “I think it’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of in my life,” Shaw says. 

City Councilor Isaac Benton is pushing for major changes on Indian School. He wants to slow down drivers by reducing traffic from two lanes in each direction to one.

“It’s the nuttiest thing I’ve ever heard of. Do not do it,” Shaw says. 

Neighbors acknowledged there are speeders out there but think this solution is too harsh.

“There’s too much traffic on it right now. You can’t get on and off of it. Two lanes will make it worse,” Shaw says.

The city recently conducted a traffic study which was requested by Councilor Benton. The next step would be the design phase.

With Albuquerque High and Montezuma Elementary along on that 2.3-mile stretch, drivers worry Indian School could be a real mess.

“There’s drop off and pick up every day when there is school in session. It’s incredibly crowded already. Two lanes is nuts. There would be a solid lane of traffic,” Shaw says. 

The city’s website pegs the cost of the project at $600,000. However, with no design or funding yet, the city says if the project goes through, it’s probably a couple of years off.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Councilor Benton, who says there will be public meetings on the proposal and design. 

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