City puts final touches on Lead/Coal project
Posted at: 06/08/2012 10:50 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Construction is wrapping up.
That's the message City of Albuquerque officials want residents to understand about the Lead/Coal project.
"We want to encourage people, give us about two or three more weeks," Mark Motskosaid, a city spokesperson said. "We'll be completely done, out of everyone's hair and we'll have a big celebration to opening up the project."
Until then, bulldozers and orange barrels in the area are there to help complete cosmetic finishes - landscaping, irrigation and bus benches - to the project, Motsko said.
Three different team scoured the 11-mile project to ensure that everything is in place.
"Looking at every piece of material that has been installed so far, every inch of asphalt, every plant, every rock," he said.
Motsko said some finishing touches could close lanes of traffic, but that would only be for short periods of time.
He said the main work around Lead and Interstate 25 is for irrigation installation.
Motsko said the project also has a forward-looking purpose.
"We're kind of preparing for the future," Motsko said. "We would like to get funding to continue the project all the way down to Broadway, and this is kind of putting the things in place for when we do get the additional funding."
He said placing irrigation in now will prevent crews from having to dig in later to connect the pipes, if construction plans are approved westward toward Broadway Boulevard.
Motsko said the city is still working on budget plans with state and federal governments for approval on that project.
But Motsko said they're focusing on getting the current Lead/Coal project done and cutting the ribbon on a long-standing headache for commuters.