City says widening sidewalks would reduce auto lane width
Well After Construction Has Started, Councilor Wants Nob Hill Sidewalks Widened
ART Critic Calls Move by Councilor Pat Davis ‘Too little too late’
BY ABQ FREE PRESS WEEKLY STAFF
Mayor Richard Berry’s $126 million Albuquerque Rapid Transit project just got more complicated – and possibly more expensive.
City Councilor Patrick Davis introduced a resolution on March 6 calling for ART workers to widen sidewalks in Nob Hill by two feet. Davis said city planners promised wider sidewalks when they pitched ART to Nob Hill residents and businesses more than a year ago, but the final ART engineering plans released in January didn’t include them.
Davis wants to spend $500,000 out of his district’s discretionary fund to change the plans and widen the sidewalks. During a March 6 City Council hearing, the city’s chief operating officer, Michael Riordan, told councilors Nob Hill’s sidewalks are already eight to 12 feet wide and widening them further would require reducing traffic lanes on Central from 13 feet to 11 feet.
ART critic and Flying Star co-owner Jean Bernstein blasted Davis for being “too little, too late” on the sidewalk issue.