Neighbors near on a notoriously busy stretch of Albuquerque roads are pushing forward with a new collaborative effort with the city to stop speeding drivers.
For years, neighbors have reported problems with speeding, crashes and damage left behind along the Lead and Coal corridor from I-25 through Nob Hill.
While the posted speed limit is 30 miles per hour, neighbors find drivers are rarely staying under it.
“You have excessive speed and bad visibility,” said Dominic Peralta, who has lived near Morningside Park for about three years.
Bent metal bollards, crack and broken curbs and decapitated street signs are just a few of the common sights on Lead and Coal, evidence of what neighbors consider an unending problem.
“How many people need to get hurt, how much damage needs to occur before, we get appropriate action?” said Peralta.
That question and a neighborhood task force has led to a new turning point with the city, as neighbors and city officials are finally working together on the issue.
“I think we’re seeing a great deal of action,” said Peralta of the new task force.
Peralta is one of the neighbors helping lead a task force of his neighbors who will survey the Nob Hill parts of Lead and Coal on Sunday. Together, the team is working to document all the damage they find to infrastructure and side-streets with poor visibility.
Neighbors are planning on giving that information to the city.
“So (the city) has a place to investigate instead of looking for everything (on their own), we hope to save them time, get some immediate action,” said Peralta.
Peralta says while he had a hard time getting the prior administration to listen to his concerns, he says the Keller Administration has met with neighbors.
“We want to listen to them, get together and see what we can do for improvements,” said Johnny Chandler, spokesman for the Department of Municipal Development.
The city says with the information neighbors are voluntarily collecting this weekend, they will be able to get a better picture of what’s happened and perhaps how to stop the problems on Lead and Coal.
“This is a very good, positive step forward for that neighborhood and even though we’ve done a lot, what more can we do?” Said Chandler.
So far, the city is working on increasing police speed enforcement and use new speed radar photo technology that flags frequent speeding drivers for police to look out for.