One Albuquerque Summer Newsletter

Hello Albuquerque, and happy summer!

It’s been great to get out and be with so many of you again at events like the 2022 State of the City Community Celebration and our Annual Day of Volunteer Recognition. Thanks also to those who tuned into watch the State of the City. If you haven’t already, you can watch it here. It was exciting to welcome folks to the Rail Yards Boiler Shop for the first time since the railway closed forty-five years ago. It exemplifies a lot of the hard work that’s been done over the years and represents what’s to come as we continue working for a safer, stronger Albuquerque.

We know that on our horizon is a city that is growing, with more opportunities for our youth each year. But to reach it, we need to keep making real progress on issues like crime and homelessness that cast a shadow over our potential. We’re reconvening the Metro Crime Initiative to bring the whole criminal justice system together again to focus on making meaningful changes to the system and commit to tangible action on gun violence, domestic violence, and addiction in our communities. We’re also making sure we’re not backsliding with the DOJ, and negotiating terms that work for our department, to suspend a quarter of the DOJ’s monitoring, and allow our officers to focus on crime. With the rise in homelessness happening all over the country and right here at home, it’s critical that we develop local, compassionate solutions that build more pathways out of homelessness. At the same time, we’re doing more to keep our city safe and clean, clearing out dozens of encampments each week and absolutely prohibiting them in places our kids use like community centers and parks with summer programming. While we work to make our city safer, we’re creating economic opportunities and new youth training programs to make sure folks have what they need to thrive here. Our city is holding the line through difficult times, and we have not, and will not, stop advancing toward a horizon that brings out the best in Burque. 

Sincerely,

Mayor Tim Keller

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Westside Boulevard Construction Update July 5th

PAVING POSTPONED: 7 BAR LOOP TO REOPEN THURSDAY, JULY 7 OR FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2022; LA SIERRITA TO CLOSE SAME DAY
Update as of Tuesday, July 5, 2022

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES:
Paving has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, so the opening of 7 Bar Loop and closing of La Sierrita have been pushed back to either Thursday, July 7 or Friday, July 8, 2022. 

La Sierrita is expected to be closed for about three (3) weeks, thru late July, 2022. During this closure, residents will be able to use 7 Bar Loop as a detour.

Ongoing Traffic Impacts
•  The sidewalk on the south side of Westside is CLOSED from Golf Course Rd to La Sierrita Rd through at least early July. Local residents can use 7 Bar Loop to La Sierrita as a detour.
•  Westbound traffic on Westside Blvd is reduced to one lane between NM 528 and Golf Course Rd.
•  Eastbound traffic on Westside Blvd is reduced to one lane between Golf Course Rd and NM 528.
•  Eastbound traffic on Westside Blvd has only one dedicated left-turn lane and one combination thru/right-turn lane at NM 528.
•  When the streets are open, traffic on La Sierrita Rd and 7 Bar Loop Rd is able to turn right and head eastbound on Westside Blvd, but is NOT able to turn left and head westbound on Westside Blvd. Motorists can access westbound Westside Blvd by taking 7-Bar Loop Rd south to Driftwood Ave, heading west on Driftwood Ave, then north on Golf Course Rd. Westbound motorists on Westside Blvd can access La Sierrita or 7 Bar Loop Rd via Golf Course Rd south to Driftwood Ave, then east on Driftwood Ave to 7 Bar Loop Rd.

Westside Boulevard Construction Update June 6th

CONSTRUCTION CONTINUING ON WESTSIDE BLVD WIDENING PROJECT; CREWS TO CLOSE 7 BAR LOOP AT WESTSIDE FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS BEGINNING TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2022

Update as of Monday, June 6, 2022

Beginning Tuesday, June 7, 2022 and lasting for about three (3) weeks, through June 28, 2022, crews will close 7 Bar Loop from just south of Westside Blvd to Leno Rd to install new ramps, valley gutters and a new manhole. During this closure, residents will be able to use La Sierrita Rd as a detour (see map below).

  • The sidewalk on the south side of Westside is CLOSED from Golf Course Rd to La Sierrita Rd through at least early July. Local residents can use 7 Bar Loop to La Sierrita as a detour.
  • Westbound traffic on Westside Blvd is reduced to one lane between NM 528 and Golf Course Rd.
  • Eastbound traffic on Westside Blvd is reduced to one lane between Golf Course Rd and NM 528
  • Eastbound traffic on Westside Blvd has only one dedicated left-turn lane and one combination thru/right-turn lane at NM 528
  • Traffic on La Sierrita Rd and 7 Bar Loop Rd is able to turn right and head eastbound on Westside Blvd, but is NOT able to turn left and head westbound on Westside Blvd. Motorists can access westbound Westside Blvd by taking 7-Bar Loop Rd south to Driftwood Ave, heading west on Driftwood Ave, then north on Golf Course Rd. Westbound motorists on Westside Blvd can access La Sierrita or 7 Bar Loop Rd via Golf Course Rd south to Driftwood Ave, then east on Driftwood Ave to 7 Bar Loop Rd.

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IDO Annual Update City Council Hearing June 6th

City Council Hearing #3

The 2021 IDO Annual Update (O-22-10) is on the City Council agenda for Monday, June 6, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Proposed Floor Amendments
City Councilors have proposed floor amendments to be considered by the full City Council. 

Any floor amendments that are adopted by the City Council would change the Redline Draft that includes conditions of approval recommended by the Environmental Planning Commission in December 2021 and may change the amendments passed by the Council on May 2, 2022 or the Council’s Land Use, Planning, and Zoning (LUPZ) committee on March 30th and April 13th. See the Redline Draft below.

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505Outside, the Water Authority’s monthly landscaping newsletter

When warm weather hits, plants need more more water. You can’t help that, but you can maximize efficiency by making sure your irrigation system is working to its potential. We recommend replacing old-fashioned sprinkler heads with Water Sense-approved, pressure-reducing spray heads and high- efficiency rotating nozzles. Rebates are available to help you make the change: https://www.505outside.com/residential-irrigation-efficiency-rebates/ In this month’s edition, in addition to our Plant of the Month and some tips on planting prickly pear, we highlight three of the ten winners of our Albuquerque Desert Friendly Landscape contest. People across the city are making the change to conserve water while cultivating their ideal landscapes. We hope you become inspired to join them!