The city has a wishlist for highways and freeways across Albuquerque. They are big-ticket items that they want the state and the feds to pay for.
“It is really loud,” said Janet Fuentes, whose family lives just a few hundred yards from I-25. “Especially because we live by the hospitals, so the ambulances, the police – they make a lot of noise.”
She was relieved to hear the city council is seeking help from the state and the feds to build a sound wall on the west side of I-25 for about a two-mile stretch between Central and Fuentes’ neighborhood by Gibson – and not just because it will muffle the traffic sound.
“There’s a lot of homeless and maybe the wall would help with that,” Fuentes added. “There is a lot of violence due to the homeless.”
The proposed sound wall is on the Albuquerque wishlist of road projects city council plans to give to the New Mexico Department of Transportation to try to secure federal funding.
Another proposed project would re-do the I-40 and Rio Grande interchange. Drivers say the help can’t come soon enough, and that they’ve had enough of the backup during rush hour.
“You just have to just always plan ahead to give yourself at least an hour to get to where you’re going to get,” Anisa Vigil of Albuquerque explained.
Getting a remodeling job going on the I-40/Rio Grande interchange is important because the city already has plans to re-do Rio Grande from Central to I-40, and they want the two ideas to mesh.
Also on the wishlist is work to overhaul the busy west side intersection of Paseo del Norte and Eagle Ranch Road – the scene of more than its fair share of crashes.
Plus, the city wants to fix the 10-mile stretch of Coors from Central all the way south to I-25.
The city says it’s too soon to put a price tag or timeframe on any of these projects.