Voters to decide I-25 Paseo interchange project
Posted at: 09/06/2012 7:40 AM
| Updated at: 09/06/2012 7:58 AM
By: Joe Vigil, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It looks like Albuquerque voters will decide whether to authorize $50,000,000 in bonds for the I-25 Paseo Del Norte interchange project.
Wednesday night there simply wasn't enough support from city councilors for them to approve the money.
It is now expected voters will have a say during the statewide ballot on November 6th.
People who attended the council meeting saw a model of the project. Engineers estimate that the project will reduce 470 accidents per year at three intersections because of reduced traffic congestion.
Councilor Rey Garduno has been a staunch proponent of letting voters decide the funding issue. But other councilors were frustrated that the council didn't make the decision and get the project moving.
"To fight about this all night long just does not show leadership. Leadership says lets move the project forward. Lets begin promoting the project to the people of Albuquerque," said councilor Dan Lewis who has been in favor of the council deciding the funding issue.
"We should let the voters decide. It's really quite simple," said Garduno.
The council also approved a measure where Albuquerque voters will not have to show a photo I.D. to vote on the funding question, which again, will be on the statewide ballot.