This project will identify improvements for pedestrians and other users along this busy transit corridor.
The City Council office has retained nationally-recognized firms Gateway Planning Group and Nelson\Nygaard to help develop a "Complete Street" plan for Central Ave. from 1st Street, near Downtown, to Girard Blvd., near the University of New Mexico campus.
Central Avenue (historic Route 66) is Albuquerque’s “Main Street,” traversing the city from east to west, from City limit to City limit. It varies in character and function as it travels through many of the city’s oldest and most distinct neighborhoods. In the stretch of corridor heading eastward out of Downtown Albuquerque and through the university area (University of New Mexico), Central Avenue is in need of a transformation from an auto-oriented, auto-dominated roadway into one that better serves the many urban dwellers, pedestrians, transit users, students, and other non-motorists who have chosen to reside and conduct their daily activities along and near the Central Avenue corridor.
Area residents and business owners have expressed concerns about pedestrian safety (e.g., the lack of adequate pedestrian crossings), excessive travel speeds, the design of transit facilities (i.e., bus pull-outs vs. in-lane loading), and other aspects of the existing design of the public realm that are perceived to be impeding redevelopment efforts.
The purpose of this planning effort is to identify improvements that can be made to the Central Avenue corridor to increase safety and efficiency for all users, create a more pedestrian-friendly environment, and leverage key investments, such as the enhanced Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service that is being studied by ABQ Ride in a separate effort. Ultimately, this project will result in an implementable "Complete Street Master Plan" that will help acheive this transformation.
October 2013 Draft Plan
A draft version of the Central Avenue Complete Street Plan and Design Toolkit is now available for review and comment via the link below. The Plan includes an overview of the current conditions in the subject area and explores existing policies and regulations affecting the road and adjacent development. It then makes specific recommendations for improvements to Central Avenue from 1st Street to Girard Boulevard, focusing attention on three distinct sub areas of the corridor. Recommended improvements include lane reconfigurations, sidewalk repair and expansion, and implementation of on-street bicycle facilities. The Draft Plan also explores possible locations for stations serving enhanced transit services, such as Bus Rapid Transit. Finally, the Plan includes a "toolkit" of best-practices for making streets that serve all users as well as a series of case studies showing how multi-modal roadway improvements in other cities have catalyzed redevelopment.
The Project Team welcomes your input on the Draft Plan. Information about how to submit your comments is below. Feedback received on the Draft will be used to produce a final plan, which will guide future redevelopment of the street and set priorities for funding various improvement projects along the corridor.
You may download a copy of the October 2013 Draft Central Avenue Complete Street Plan and Design Toolkit by clicking here.
October 30 Draft Plan Presentation
The Project Team presented key concepts and proposals from the 2013 Draft Plan at a public meeting held Wednesday, Oct. 30. You may view or download the presentation from that meeting below.
Public input regarding the Draft Plan was also taken and included recommendations to preserve and improve medians as pedestrian refuges, clarify transitions between street configurations in the three Plan Area segments and focus more attention on proposals for pedestrian improvements. The project team will carefully consider all comments received and will produce a new draft plan by the end of the year. You may still provide comments using the information below.
You may download a copy of the Oct. 30 Draft Plan presentation by clicking here.
Submit Your Comments
You may provide feedback on the Draft Plan in one of the following ways:
- Comment Form: Click here to submit your comment in an online form.
- EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Please include your name and physical address in your email, and please use the subject line “Central Avenue Complete Streets Plan."
- MAIL: Send written comments City of Albuquerque City Council Services, Attn: Andrew Webb, P.O. Box 1293, Albuquerque, NM 87103-1293. Please include your name and physical address.
Feb. 2013 Kickoff Events
On February 27, the project team held a public education meeting to present early research on existing conditions along the corridor, educate stakeholders on the purpose of this project and the concept of "Complete Streets," and to allow participants to provide feedback about the corridor's strengths and needs. A follow-up stakeholder workshop the next day allowed stakeholders to work interactively with our consultants to develop and design corridor improvements.
You may download a copy of the Feb. 27 existing conditions presentation by clicking here.
You may also learn more about Complete Streets from the National Complete Streets Coalition by clicking here.
Gateway Planning is a Fort Worth, Texas-based town planning firm that specializes in urban design, form-based code, public-private finance and community facilitation.
Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. is a transportation planning firm focused on multi-modal transit, transit-oriented development and mobility improvement.