Water Utility Authority Reminds Residents to Ramp Down Watering

Landscape water needs begin to drop by mid-August, which is when the irrigation schedule needs to be ramped down. This may seem counter-intuitive because of how hot it is in Albuquerque during August, September and October, but when plants are preparing for the winter, they need less water. For autumn watering recommendations, visit: www.505outside.com.

Northwest Area Command Officer Appreciation Event Seeks Donations and Volunteers

Saturday, October 1 is Officer Appreciation Day at the Northwest Area Command and the community can help show their appreciation! Volunteers are needed and donations of items such as:

  • Hamburgers/Sandwiches
  • Hot dogs
  • Sides such as chips or salads
  • Plasticware, plates and cups
  • Gift items/gift cards

Items can be scheduled for pickup by calling Kiya Mullins at (505) 768-4850, dropped off at the NW Substation, 10401 Cibola Loop NW, or by contacting Pete Gelabert at: pgelabert@cabq.gov.

Update on Westside Project Seven Bar North Residents’ Concerns

Responses from Patti Watson, CWA Strategic Communications, regarding issues raised by Seven Bar North Residents

Lighting
In terms of lighting, Westside Blvd. has new lighting that was installed per the plan and that is based on the requirements of this type of urban roadway to provide safety and visibility for motorists and pedestrians. We cannot remove or change any of the lighting, however we do recognize it has increased “scatter” into nearby properties on the south side of the roadway. Once the project is complete (likely in October or November 2022), we will investigate the possibility of adding front-facing light shields to the lighting in the median and house-side light shields to the lighting on the sidewalk on the south side of the street. These shields would better focus the lighting and reduce the amount that shines into back yards.

Speed Limits
The speed limit signs are currently covered because construction is still taking place. They will be uncovered when construction is completed and the speed limit will be 35 miles per hour. If speeding is a problem we will investigate available mitigation measures (slow down, speed monitoring etc.). As you know speeding and drag racing are a problem throughout Albuquerque. We will consult with the Albuquerque Police Department to see what measures can be taken (targeted ticketing, etc.) to address this issue.

Noise
We recognize that this project may have an impact on sound/noise levels on Westside Blvd. After construction is completed and traffic has had time to normalize, estimated to be about six to 12 months, plans are to do another sound/noise study and determine whether a sound wall or other mitigation measures are needed.

Left Turn from Westside onto Grande
As shown on the website (www.westsidewidening.com) the final plans for the project always included a left-turn for eastbound traffic on Westside Blvd. to access Grande via a dedicated turn bay. That access was also included in the existing design (see drawings).

A traffic signal cannot be installed at the intersection of Westside and Grande because that intersection is too close to the intersection of Westside and NM 528. Installing traffic signals at the intersections of Westside and 7-Bar Loop and Westside and La Sierrita would also not be feasible because this entire stretch of roadway is only 0.85 miles. Both intersections are too close to the intersections that already have traffic signals – Westside and Golf Course and Westside and NM 528.

Home Values
Because some of your residences back up to the roadway (Westside Blvd.) and have the protection of the back wall, hopefully your home values will not be impacted. As stated above, the City will conduct a noise/sound evaluation and work with the neighborhood to develop a plan to reduce any adverse noise impacts. We encourage you to participate in that process.

We recognize that construction has taken a long time and that not every aspect of the project will be ideal for every resident. We would like to encourage everyone to see how the roadway functions once all construction is completed and as referenced above, traffic has a chance to normalize. At that time, we will be happy to work with all residents to consider what mitigations are needed.

CONTACTS for questions and concerns or to sign up for email updates on the project:
Patti Watson, 505-245-3134 office; 505-269-9691 cell; pattiw@cwastrategic.com
Ty Stevers, 505-245-3138 office; 505-417-9989 cell; tys@cwastrategic.com

Westside Project Update September 21st

Westside Blvd. to have various Eastbound and Westbound lane closures and Golf Course Road to have various Northbound and Southbound right lane closures as crews continue to work on final project construction thru October
Update as of Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022

CONTACTS for questions and concerns or to sign up for email updates on the project:
Patti Watson, 505-245-3134 office; 505-269-9691 cell; pattiw@cwastrategic.com
Ty Stevers, 505-245-3138 office; 505-417-9989 cell; tys@cwastrategic.com

ONGOING
Crews are continuing work on lighting, paving, roadway striping, trail gravel, sidewalks and miscellaneous construction on this project, with construction expected to be substantially complete by early October.

New Traffic Impacts:
Because crews are repaving a crosswalk area and the left-hand turn lane has been closed, no left hand turns are permitted for traffic headed eastbound on Westside Blvd. to access northbound Golf Course Road through early October.

Ongoing Traffic Impacts:
There are various eastbound and westbound lane closures on Westside Blvd. but at least one (1) lane will be open in each direction at all times.
There are various right lane closures on northbound and southbound Golf Course Road north and south of Westside Blvd.
Regular work hours are Mon.-Fri., 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m., although the contractor may work longer hours or on weekends if needed. Some Saturday work is planned for the next few weeksAll construction is weather permitting and subject to change without notice.

“Imagine Albuquerque” Day Aims To Create Citywide Community Cleanup and Connection

The Chaplaincy of Albuquerque Fire Rescue (AFR), Red Shovel Landscaping, AFR retirees, and other partners have designated Saturday, September 24 as “Imagine Albuquerque” Day. On that day, these partners will come together and spearhead a citywide clean-up and beautification initiative, volunteering their time to rake weeds, clean up trash and litter, and more. The idea behind “Imagine Albuquerque” is to showcase the positive in our city to leave our community better than how we found it. If you want to be part of this great initiative, visit: www.imagineabq.com.