Near-collisions frequent at ART intersection

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One of the intersections along the Albuquerque Rapid Transit is proving to be a dangerous one, despite the fact the buses aren’t even up and running.

Drivers claims the signage at eastbound Central approaching I-25 is confusing and consistently causing near-crashes.

KRQE News 13 set out to take a look at the issue for ourselves, and it didn’t take long to see. 

You know that awful feeling — the one where you see a crash about to happen but you can’t do anything about it? Sit at the intersection of eastbound Central and Locust, right before I-25, and you’ll get that feeling again and again.

“They’re going straight through in the turn lane, so that’s definitely a problem,” said a man who works in the area.

Earlier this week, a citizen complained to Albuquerque 311 about the intersection, saying the placement of the overhead lights and signs doesn’t match up with the lane markings below. They said it was only a matter of time before a nasty crash occurs.

“That red light for the u-turn, nobody knows what that is. They think it’s for the left turn onto the freeway,” the man said.

That man confirmed the problem to us, but he didn’t need to. Using the KRQE News Tracker, we captured a slew of drivers incorrectly going through the intersection.

Drivers either get in the u-turn only lane and attempt to go straight when the light turns green, nearly colliding with the oncoming left turn drivers, or they end up blowing the red u-turn light when they realize something is wrong.

“If you are in that left lane that’s a u-turn only lane, then it actually lines up pretty perfectly with turning left onto Oak, which is the northbound frontage road to I-25. So, I can see how motorists get easily confused with that,” said Johnny Chandler with the city’s Municipal Development Department. 

The city is well aware of the problem and is working on a fix.

“So, what we’re going to do is, we’re working on getting a new mast arm and extending that farther out over the intersection,” Chandler said.

It’s not the only intersection with signage and light issues. Chandler says Rio Grande and Central, Lomas and Central and some other ART intersections of the westside also have issues.

It’s just another ART problem inherited by the Keller Administration.

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