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New Streetlights, Sidewalks Enhance Safety in BernCo District 3

10/02/2017

New improvements to lighting, accessibility, and sidewalks on streets throughout BernCo District 3 have been completed, enhancing safety and usability for pedestrians and residents.

Improvements in the International District include new streetlights to aid visibility and deter crime, new sidewalk ramps to improve access for people with disabilities, and new traffic signals to increase pedestrian safety at intersections. The pedestrian and roadway improvements were finished during the summer, on the following streets:

  • Central Avenue, landscaping and new traffic signals.
  • Copper Avenue, sidewalk reconstruction and ADA ramps.
  • Kathryn Avenue, sidewalk reconstruction and ADA ramps.
  • Kentucky Street, one new streetlight.
  • Madeira Drive, one new streetlight.
  • Pennsylvania Avenue, sidewalk reconstruction and ADA ramps.
  • San Pedro Drive, three new streetlights.
  • Trumbull Avenue, two new streetlights.
  • Virginia Street, one new streetlight.

 

“The International District has the highest rates of pedestrian injury and death in the entire county. Our community thanks former Senator Tim Keller for prioritizing safety when making his capital outlay requests,” says Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins. “These lighting and pedestrian improvements will make our neighborhoods safer and more walkable for families who live here.”

When State Auditor Tim Keller was a state senator in the International District, he dedicated capital outlay funds to the project. Financing from the State of New Mexico totaled $265,000 in addition to almost $52,000 from Bernalillo County. Improvements were chosen by BernCo engineers with input from the Albuquerque Police Department and community residents after streets were assessed for safety, compliance with local ordinances, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other best practices.

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