Many of Albuquerque’s heavily-traveled streets need restriping, but the city has a hard time keeping up.
“We’re putting together a plan to begin to address the city’s needs,” City of Albuquerque COO Lawrence Rael said about restriping faded traffic lines and lanes. “There’s certainly a need to, not only from a safety perspective but also a practical perspective. You look at the striping across the city.”
From parking spots on Copper Avenue in downtown, to more hard-to-see traffic and bike lane lines in the Heights and North Valley. Even the lines over the Albuquerque Rapid Transit’s rumble bars along Central in Nob Hill — less than a year old — are showing wear and tear.
Rael said right now, the Department of Municipal Development is looking at which roadways need the most attention.
“We have probably close to $1 million in funds available to do re-striping citywide but we know the need is much greater and so we’re looking at how to prioritize those areas,” Rael said.
Those funds come from a capital street maintenance and management program, and Rael said more will be spent on paint with a thermal coating for lanes not due to road work.
The coating can run twice the cost of regular striping but would last five to 10 years longer.
“Some other major arterials that we’re starting to look at, for example, Rio Grande Boulevard is another example of one that we’ll get done,” he explained. “Some of the restriping that was done in the last year in the previous administration was these road diets where they restructure and restripe the streets. Some of those were just done with regular paint and as a result, it’s fading and so we’re looking at those, as well.”
Drivers said it needs to happen sooner rather than later.
“It should be a priority because it makes our city look really bad,” Banuelos said.
Rael said contractors working on the ART will be restriping Central Avenue with the thermal coating this summer.
The public can report areas that need restriping by calling 311.