I-25/Paseo del Norte project hits a road bump
Posted at: 08/09/2012 8:23 PM
By: Mike Daniels, KOB Eyewitness News 4, KOB.com Staff
The city of Albuquerque hoped to put the $50 million I-25 and Paseo del Norte bond project on November's ballot - but that won't be happening.
The Attorney General's Office released a memo Tuesday stating the move would be against the law.
"I hope it gets done soon, yea we need it bad," driver Renae Perrine said.
The delay is not good news for 154,000 drivers that use the intersection everyday.
"Commuting all the tie I have to cross that to get to the bank," driver Luke Kroack said.
The city's options include sending the proposal to the city Council that couldn't agree on it in 2011 or hold a special election in early December which could be costly to taxpayers.
"I don't even know what to say about that, I think we're gonna get screwed no matter what way we go," driver Nicole Craig said.
The legal decision by the Attorney General's office caught the city of Albuquerque and Mayor Richard Barry by surprise. He said he hopes the Council can get it passed this time around.
"Saves hundreds of thousands of dollars saves months and we can get the project done right now versus next spring," Barry said.
The interchange project was already slotted for the general election, and with that now squashed, the future of the project is up in the air.
Should the Council take up the issue, a super majority - seven out of nine councilors - would have to vote in favor of the project.