Project leaves major road on UNM campus in disrepair

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Construction on a massive $25 million project on the University of New Mexico campus is wrapping up, but now, the road the new buildings are on is in need of some work.

In January 2017, UNM broke ground on the new McKinnon Center for Management. The nearly complete buildings sit on Las Lomas, which is just south of Lomas at Yale.

KRQE News 13 spoke to students who ride their bikes or drive their cars on Las Lomas everyday. They say in the past year they’ve noticed the street’s condition deteriorate. The road is covered with potholes and large cracks.

“It’s pretty bumpy and kind of annoying,” said driver Mark Rey.

“It’s super bumpy. You have to avoid a large chunk of the road,” said bicyclist Rebecca Jones.

UNM says the major work on the McKinnon Center is complete. Now that it is, students want the university to fix Las Lomas.

“It’d be nice to have it repaved and smoothed out a little bit,” said Rey.

“That’s my hope too. They’ll fix the road now that they’ve got the building and the construction finished,” said Jones.

Alfred Sena, who is involved in the McKinnon Center project, says the university is in the middle of conducting a study on the road to tell them how to best fix Los Lomas from Yale to Stanford and Campus Boulevard from Stanford to Girard.

The study is expected to be complete in June. Then, Sena says they will have a better idea of how long the road will take to fix and how much it will cost.

A ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the McKinnon Center is scheduled for next Friday.

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