Historic preservation group to hear Albuquerque Rapid Transit project arguments

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A historic preservation group with the city is set to hear arguments over the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project on Wednesday.

It’s a regularly scheduled meeting of the Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission, a group with their eye on the city’s rich history. On the agenda — an application to do roadwork on a legendary highway.

Some worry this well-known highway will never be the same after a proposed public transit project is put into place, and they’re suing to stop it. Meanwhile, the city is trying to push forward.

Albuquerque’s Transit Department is looking for the Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission to approve an application for roadwork. Specifically, it’s roadwork for the new Albuquerque Rapid Transit project.

In the historic Huning Highland area between John and Locust, a group of residents and business owners have their sights set on protecting this area. They say ART will affect a number of registered historic landmarks and do away with trees that have been part of the landscape for decades along the old Route 66.

It’s why they’re suing to stop Rapid Transit, a project that would create a dedicated bus lane, do away with many left turn lanes and, some fear, create a traffic nightmare.

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission will review the second project application Wednesday. That meeting is set for 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the Plaza del Sol building on 2nd Street.

If ART does push through, construction could begin in July.

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