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Neighbors raise concerns about Sunport Blvd. Extension project

Kassi Nelson
July 19, 2018 10:28 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Some New Mexicans have concerns about the Sunport Blvd. Extension project.

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One of them is Esther Abeyta, who lives in the San Jose neighborhood, off Woodworth.

The project would extend Sunport Blvd. past I-25 to meet up with her street.

“It's going to affect hundreds of people who live in the community of San Jose because we're the ones who are going to have to deal with the thousands of cars that are going to come down through Sunport extension and Woodward to get to 2nd St.,” said Abeyta.

In addition to traffic, other neighbors worry about extra pollution.

But Bernalillo County officials say the multi-million dollar project would actually alleviate some problems in the San Jose neighborhood.

“About 18 percent of the traffic that uses Broadway right now is heavy trucks and industrial traffic. This is the traffic we want to get out of the area and on to the interstate quicker,” said Elias Archuleta.

The county also hopes the extension would create growth in the area and generate more money.

“We’ll also get commercial developments that will bring in food, restaurants, shopping for employees who stay here during the day,” Archuleta said.

But some neighbors are not convinced. And they believe there may be other motives behind the plan.

"It is about ensuring financial gains for the few in the county, at the expense of the health and well-being of the many low-income minority residents living in San Jose and community of Mountain View,” a woman told Bernalillo County officials

The county still has to get clearance on the extension from the Federal Highway Administration.

If that happens, construction would start in 2020.

People can weigh in on the project through July 31.

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