County looks at three options to expand Atrisco Vista

Those who drive or live on the west side or in Rio Rancho know the frustrations of getting around.

“A lot of traffic, confusion, too much construction,” said Rickey Byrd.

Most people will tell you the same thing. 

“Lots of lights and lots of traffic. Then the construction, like right here. It’s like, you turn the corner and you don’t know where to go,” said Lee Chavez. 

Now, Bernalillo County is moving forward with the plan to extend Atrisco Vista from where it turns into Paseo del Norte.

“The county’s just looking to the future,” said Elias Archuleta, Technical Services Director for Public Works. 

That would create a third main artery from Albuquerque to Rio Rancho.

“Currently we’re limited to Coors Boulevard and Unser Boulevard, so as the west side continues to grow, we want to ensure we have improved access,” said Archuleta. 

The next big step is deciding which route to take. There are three options on the table. One that goes west of the current road, one that goes directly north, and one that skirts slightly east. 

Archuleta said the three options the county is looking at will cost anywhere from $20 to $22 million. Part of that depends on how many private properties they’ll have to buy. The extension will also make the road safer.

“We’re gonna improve some of the curves in the road design that’s currently not as safe as it could be,” said Archuleta. 

Drivers who KRQE News 13 spoke with say they can’t wait. 

“I think that’s a good idea,” said Byrd. 

“That’d be wonderful, especially now with the holidays coming, the traffic is just bad,” said Chavez.

The goal is to have the extension complete in the next four to eight years. The county wants input on the entire plan, specifically the three options on the table.

To view the plans, click here.

The first meeting is Wednesday night at the Paradise Hills Community Center starting at 6 p.m.  

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