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Underpass planned for popular bike trail in Albuquerque

Casey Torres
September 13, 2018 06:30 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Cyclists and pedestrians will soon no longer need to cross Indian School Rd. when riding or walking on a popular bike trail.

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The city is planning to build the final underpass of the trail, which follows the North Diversion Channel.

Bicyclist David McLaughlin said he crosses the road twice as part of his commute.

“I’m up from Louisiana, Montgomery, and I ride to the university and also right off of University and Menaul,” said McLaughlin

McLaughlin isn’t too concerned about his safety, but he understands that it can be tricky getting from one end to the other.

“As a bicyclist, you have to be very careful to avoid cars and watch for pedestrians,” said McLaughlin.

Johnny Chandler, the public information officer for Albuquerque's Department of Municipal Development, said Indian School is the only road that crosses the North Diversion Channel that does not have an underpass, but the city has plans to change that.

“The Department of Municipal Development, City of Albuquerque Parks and Rec, as well as the federal government are working together. We secured about $2 million in funding to create this underpass. We’re also working with the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority,” said Chandler.

He said the design will be completed next year, and the project could be finished in late 2020.

McLaughlin thinks it’ll be worth the wait.

“It’ll be nice. The ones they’ve put in have worked great and really make the bike riding a lot safer and just makes it more fun to ride the bikes. You don’t have to trek across the traffic,” said McLaughlin.

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