Public to weigh in on plans to revamp busy intersection
April 25, 2018 06:13 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Some local business owners are worried about a construction project being planned at Menaul and Wyoming in northeast Albuquerque.
The city plans to permanently close Victor Circle, which many people use to turn onto southbound Wyoming from eastbound Menaul. Right now, the small stretch of Wyoming just south of the Menaul and Wyoming intersection is the only piece that is down to two lanes.
“From Paseo del Norte all the way to Kirtland Air Force Base, Wyoming is three lanes in each direction and that is the only stretch,” said Johnny Chandler, public information officer for the Department of Municipal Development.
Chandler says the main goals of the approximately $2.5 million project are to improve traffic flow and pedestrian accessibility, including ADA compliance improvements.
Several business leaders from Hoffmantown Shopping Center plan to attend the first public meeting on the project.
“They tried to do this a few years ago and it got fought off pretty hard,” said Laura Shirley, Owner of Le Chantilly Bakery inside Hoffmantown. Her business has been there for 30 years and she has definitely noticed some traffic issues.
She says many drivers act as though there is a yield or stop sign at the end of Victor Circle.
“They'll get through Victor Circle, they'll stop or slow so far down because they want to make a left turn right into Walmart or Black Angus,” said Shirley. “It's an odd turn.”
Even though Shirley believes the change could eventually be good, she is worried about what it will take to get there.
“I think right now the biggest concern for business owners in this area is how many lanes are they going to cripple and for how long,” said Shirley.
Chandler says they hope to start construction in 2019, but they won’t know how long it is going to take until the designs are finalized.
The first public meeting is Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Verde Community Center.
Created: April 25, 2018 06:13 AM
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