Ahead of Balloon Fiesta, crews fill potholes and cracks along vendor row

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ahead of the 51st Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, city crews were out at the park Tuesday paving the way for vendors.

“All of our Department of Municipal Development guys are out here, basically resurfacing the road and fixing potholes and everything here on vendors’ row and all of the paved areas here at Balloon Fiesta Park,” said Dan Mayfield, with the City of Albuquerque’s Department of Municipal Development.

The city spent roughly $130,000 on two paving machines to work on projects like this.

Along the vendor row, crews filled the potholes and cracks with 500° asphalt to ensure your favorite vendors have a smooth ride.

“We want to make sure all those vendors, who are here serving those great breakfast burritos, have a smooth path to get to their vendor spots,” Mayfield said.

According to city officials, the new machines keep the trails maintained. They also avoid the need for racking up costs when completing resurfacing projects.

“We got just 60 days. That means every city department is here doing something. Parks and Rec, Solid Waste, APD – we’re all out here getting ready for the biggest Balloon Fiesta, we hope, in a long time,” Mayfield said.