Do not spend scarce public resources on the Paseo / I-25 interchange.
  • Petitioned Albuquerque City Council

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Albuquerque City Council

Do not spend scarce public resources on the Paseo / I-25 interchange.

    1. Lora Lucero
    2. Petition by

      Lora Lucero

      Albuquerque, NM

The state, city and county are promoting a $93 million improvement project for the Paseo / I-25 interchange and are asking voters to approve bonds in November without carefully considering the important questions:

1) What is the return on investment? What will taxpayers be getting for their $93 million beyond the very short-term relief in traffic congestion at this location?

2) Have the life cycle costs been considered? If the project is completed, how much will it cost to operate and maintain? Have those funds been identified? Taxpayers want to be sure that our investments are protected for the long-term, not just on ribbon-cutting day.

3) Is there a plan to effectively address future Westside growth in a thoughtful manner, or will the taxpayers be asked again to provide a bailout for poor planning sometime in the future?

4) Is a single highway interchange in the metro area the best use of $30 million from the state when compared to the $3 million the legislature authorized for expansion of Pre-K programs statewide this year, for example?

5) Is a highway interchange the best use of $50 million from the city, or could we leverage more economic activity in the community by funding fifty - $1 million projects, or a hundred - $500,000 projects? Would the ripple effects of multiple investments made throughout the community be significantly greater than a one-time highway improvement project to relieve the congestion and frustration for drivers along this corridor?

6) Has anyone examined potential alternative transportation solutions to this bottleneck which might get more drivers out of their cars? Common wisdom tells us that the project will only bring short-term relief to drivers until new vehicles fill in the increased capacity.

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    • iris keltz ABQ, NM
      • about 2 years ago

      Precious resources should be spent where they will do the most good, not on a highway exit.

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    • debora bear ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • about 2 years ago

      I work with under-served patients who suffer from lack of State resources for basic needs like food, shelter, mental health services, physical therapy, dental care. I know the state lacks trained teachers.

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    • Susan Deichsel ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • about 2 years ago

      A migration back to life in the central neighborhoods of the city that include places to buy goods and services, and to meet with friends and community members within a 20 minute walk, bike ride or ride on public transportation. That would also include opportunities to work in businesses both small and large within the same neighborhoods. I understand that the burbs are a mess but in the end they need to pay their own separate tabs for the cost of the distances they prefer to live from the central core of the city. Our infrastructures are outdated and the cost of replacing them almost beyond the reach of reason even in the central parts of the city but impossible to finance in the suburbs. We can't throw money at enhancing those automobile commutes to suburban homes and businesses at the expense of our urban core. The choices are very tough, but they must be done.

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    • Samantha Rajala ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • about 2 years ago

      More funding should be spent on "alternative" transportation. We don't even have a light rail.

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    • Jude Baca-Miller ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • about 2 years ago

      We need more infrastructure projects, but city wide efforts would benefit more people than a single interchange.

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