Alameda Westbound Closed Near La Cueva HS Affecting Traffic

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September 12, 2023, 10:40 pm , ,

Posted By: ABQ RAW Staff

Posted On: 09/12/2023 @3:50 PM

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Albuquerque

There is a road construction project ongoing in the westbound lanes of Alameda between Wyoming Blvd NE and Louisiana Blvd NE. When drivers travel westbound on Alameda, after passing through the four-way stop at Barstow and Alameda, they are required to merge into the left-hand lane. As drivers approach the traffic light at Alameda and Wyoming, they are informed that the westbound lane is closed, and they must make a left (south) turn at Wyoming. Unfortunately, the traffic light at Alameda and Wyoming does not include a left-turn arrow for drivers on Alameda trying to turn into southbound traffic on Wyoming, creating a massive backup. It’s worth noting that this intersection lacks turn arrows for all directions of travel. Given that it’s located in a school zone and experiences heavy traffic, addressing this issue may be advisable.

While we were in the area at 3:30 PM, we observed that traffic was backed up almost to where drivers started to merge into one lane, near the traffic light by La Cueva at Georgia O’Keeffe. On Apple Maps, it appears as though drivers were even trying to seek an alternate route by taking Wilshire, which seemed to have some delays as of 4 PM.

Based on our observations, it looks like a construction crew is working on a sewer project for a business on the northwest corner of Alameda and Louisiana. It is unknown how long this road project will take, but we saw a large mound of dirt, so we are guessing it will not be completed within the next 24 hours. If the road project is going to extend for a prolonged period, the city or county should consider implementing traffic management measures at the Wyoming and Alameda intersection, especially during school drop-off and pick-up hours, as well as during rush hour traffic. Drivers should anticipate delays in this area.

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