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Crews begin to remove cones along ART route

Morgan Aguilar
November 22, 2017 05:16 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Some sections of Central Avenue are starting to look a little cleaner just in time for the holidays.

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On Tuesday morning, Mayor Richard Berry was the first to permanently remove an orange construction cone along Central as part of the nine-mile Albuquerque Rapid Transit route. After more than a year of construction, sections from Rio Grande to Coors and from Girard to Carlisle are now complete.

"I think, just psychologically, the orange cones coming down will be a boost to Nob Hill," said Adam Moffett, co-owner of Slice Parlor and vice president of Nob Hill Main Street.

Moffett is one business owner who never tried to stop the ART project, even after seeing a 10 to 15 percent downturn in business during construction.

"I think the rebound will be more significant than the downturn," Moffett said.

Berry said the final ART bus should arrive by the end of January, but the public will have a chance to ride one for the first time on Saturday to get to River of Lights from Albuquerque’s West Side.

"Over 115,000 people visited last year, so we want people to make sure that they don't have to worry about the parking,” he said.

As the holiday season churns on, the mayor and local business leaders hope fewer orange means more green for the area.

"We just encourage everybody: Buy local,” Berry said. “Buy local this season.”

ART officials want to remind everyone that the only legal left turns along the ART route are at traffic signals, and the ART bus lane is for ART buses and emergency vehicles only. There are rumble strips on both sides of the ART bus lane to let drivers know if they have entered one.

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