ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An area along a popular Albuquerque bike path has turned into a dumping ground filled with piles of trash. Now, people want to know who is responsible for cleaning it up.
The area is a section of the Bosque that is just south of Interstate 40 between Gabaldon Road and Rio Grande Street.
“It gives Albuquerque a bad image,” said Michael Gonzales.
“It’s amazing to me that there can be that much rubbish thrown in there or disposed of there,” said Sue Townsend with the Metro Rotary Club.
Last week the Metro Rotary Club collected more than 50 bags of garbage from the one acre area. The group found piles of styrofoam, bottles and used needles.
“That’s an area that probably some homeless people are hanging out and shooting up drugs,” said Townsend.
KRQE News 13 wanted to know who is responsible for maintaining the area.
“I don’t know. It’s not ours,” said Townsend. “We can’t do that every week.”
No one seemed to know who the lot belongs to. In fact, the Department of Transportation didn’t know it acquired the land in the 1990’s until News 13 showed the department the tax records on Wednesday.
The DOT says its only gotten three complaints about the trashy area in the last decade. Each of those times it says it cleaned it up not knowing it was their responsibility to maintain it in the first place.
“I just wish we could clean it up and so whenever people from out of town come they think Albuquerque is this beautiful place that we all think it is even though we see this trash here and there,” said Gonzales.
The DOT says it only has a handful of maintenance workers to clean along the interstates in Albuquerque. It says it will now put the area on the crew’s normal rotation.
As for where all the trash came from is unclear. It could be a combination of people littering on I-140 or people actually just dumping their trash in the Bosque.