Westside Blvd. to have one lane closed westbound from west of Grande Blvd to Golf Course Road; eastbound to have alternating, occasional right lane closures after 8:30 a.m. during Balloon Fiesta Update as of Friday, Sept. 30, 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; email@example.com Ty Stevers, 505-245-3138 office; 505-417-9989 cell; firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW In order to provide as much access as possible for Balloon Fiesta traffic, beginning Saturday, Oct. 1 and lasting through Sunday, Oct. 9, the following traffic impacts will be in place:
. Westbound traffic on Westside Blvd. will be reduced to one lane from west of Grande Blvd. (across from La Sierrita) to Golf Course Road
. Eastbound traffic on Westside Blvd. will be reduced to one thru lane and one dedicated right turn lane to head southbound on Golf Course Road just west of Golf Course Road.
. Eastbound traffic on Westside Blvd. may have occasional, alternating right lane closures during the daytime after 9:30 a.m.
Motorists traveling in this area should use extra caution and obey posted speed limits.
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 weeks. All construction is weather permitting and subject to change without notice.
It’s officially fall, which means we’re in the prime season of green chile roasting, golden cottonwoods, and of course, Balloon Fiesta. This year, we’re celebrating the Fiesta’s 50th Anniversary. For 50 years, our city has grown this tradition and the community around it into what is is today: an event that has captured the imagination of millions and represents the heart of the community.
Here at the City, we’re in Fiesta mode and have been hard at work preparing for visitors from near and far. We’ve built a number of significant improvements that will help this year be a success and pave the way for the next 50 years of Fiesta. Those infrastructure improvements include more parking and the installation of a new slip ramp that will reduce traffic congestion and make exiting the park easier for drivers. Our Solid Waste Department and Parks and Recreation joined forces for last weekend’s Company’s Comin’ event, and we are so grateful for their hard work and that of the volunteers who joined them to tidy up the park and nearby neighborhoods.
The Balloon Fiesta is a testament to our community and an opportunity for us to celebrate the best of Albuquerque together. There is something so special about taking your children for the first time, bringing in your friends from out of town, or taking part in your own unique Fiesta traditions. This really is one of the best times of the year, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone out there.
The historic Kimo Theater is celebrating its 95th birthday on Wednesday, September 21 with a community-wide party and you’re invited! From 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., you’re invited to bring the family to celebrate the beloved building’s 95th birthday. Enjoy a self-guided tour full of KiMo history, live music by the Burque Jazz Bandits, and eats and treats from local vendors. To learn more about this free event, visit: https://www.cabq.gov/artsculture/events/kimos-95th-birthday-party
Summer is winding down and we’re already in the swing of the school year! We hope everyone enjoyed the fun summer our city put on. I also encourage you to look into City programs that we offer all year-round, whether it’s before and after school programs or new volunteer opportunities, there are so many ways to get involved for folks of all ages. This is always an exciting time of year, but it’s also been difficult for our community in a lot of ways and we want to make sure people across our city feel safe in schools, in parks, and in places of prayer. We’re working everyday to do our part in building a safer city. Sometimes that requires hard decisions, like closing Coronado Park to address critical public safety concerns. We don’t have all the answers, but we do know that our city deserves better than the status quo and we’ll keep taking action needed to keep people safe.
Join us at our Virtual Town Hall on Friday to ask questions and hear from the leaders working to make our city the best it can be. We hope to hear from you and get your input as we continue working towards a safe, inclusive Albuquerque.