History

Timeline for Studies and Development of the Proposed Roundabout for Candelaria Road NW and Rio Grande Boulevard NW


May 19, 2014

Council passes Bill No. R-14-60 reaffirming the policy of the City of Albuquerque that the construction of a roundabout at Rio Grande and Candelaria is a City project. The resolution also amends a previous TIP resolution to reflect that the project had been awarded additional federal funds.

December 2, 2013

Council receives an updated intersection evaluation. EC-492 Comments and Responses Summary are public comments and questions.

April 1, 2013

City Council passes a resolution requesting that the Mid-Region Council of Governments extend the timeline for the project in the TIP (Transportation Improvement Program). This resolution also authorized and designated funding for an update to the intersection analysis.

September 2012

Former City Councilor Debbie O'Malley and the City of Albuquerque Department of Municipal Development schedule another public meeting to provide information on the proposed roundabout, answer questions and allow constituents to speak in favor of or in opposition to the project.

July 2012

The City of Albuquerque Department of Municipal Development holds a public meeting to obtain input of local residents on the proposed roundabout.

October 2011

City of Albuquerque contracts with Bohannan-Huston, Inc. to complete the design for the single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Candelaria Road NW and Rio Grande Boulevard NW.

July 2010

A multi-day collaborative planning process is attended by over 150 stakeholders, resulting in the following recommendations for improvements to Rio Grande Boulevard:
  • Balance the uses to which street right-of-way is put. Increase the utility or Rio Grande Boulevard to pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Remove two motor vehicle travel lanes in the segments of Rio Grande Boulevard where peak hour traffic could be accommodated in fewer lanes in exchange for wider, unimpeded sidewalks, landscaping (shade), and better bike lanes
  • Make the intersections safer by installing roundabouts at Griegos, Candelaria, Matthew and Indian School and Old Town intersections (only Candelaria proved to be a feasible location).

April 2010

The City of Albuquerque contracts with Dover, Kohl & Partners, Hall Planning & Engineering and Wilson & Company Engineering to assist in gathering public input and documenting a public planning process for improvements to Rio Grande Boulevard NW. The roundabout at Candelaria Road NW and Rio Grande Boulevard NW is the only project in New Mexico to receive full Federal Safety funding: $1,150,000 ($1 million for construction; $150,000 for design.

November 2009

The roundabout at Candelaria Road NW and Rio Grande Boulevard NW was one of 36 New Mexico projects proposed for Federal Safety Project funding.


September 2009

Speed-actuated dynamic message signs are installed on Rio Grande Boulevard north and south of the intersection of Candelaria Road NW and Rio Grande Boulevard NW. The City of Albuquerque Department of Municipal Development produces preliminary engineering drawings that indicates where right-of-way will be required and where utilities will have to be moved to build a single-lane roundabout.

April 2009

Former City Councilor Debbie O'Malley reviews new information from the City of Albuquerque Department of Municipal Development (DMD) that indicates a single-lane roundabout would fit in the intersection. She requests a more detailed study to indicate whether private right-of-way would have to be acquired for the roundabout.


February 2009

Candelaria Road NW and the intersection of Candelaria Road/Rio Grande Boulevard are stripped.

November 2008

A public meeting was held to convey PB America's results of the intersection evaluation and proposed potential improvements.

Short-term improvements

  • Reconstruct curb on southeast corner of Candelaria Road/Rio Grande Boulevard to improve vehicle tracking
  • Provide speed-actuated dynamic message signs along Rio Grande Boulevard
  • Alter signal timing at peak travel hours to give Candelaria more "green" time
  • Restripe pedestrian crosswalks and consider in-pavement flashing lights on them
  • Add speed limit signs in areas on the Boulevard where they are sparse
  • Police enforcement

Long-term improvements

  • Raised medians along approaches to intersection
  • Restriping of Candelaria Road to add bike lanes and better accommodate Valley High School traffic
  • Single lane roundabout
  • Single lane roundabout with bypass lanes


May 2008

APD stationed speed vans and conducted special enforcement operations to address speeding on Rio Grande Boulevard NW. Additional enforcement operations take place from time to time afterwards. Record numbers of tickets were issued.

April 2008

A public meeting is held on the intersection study. PB Americas makes a presentation and briefs attendees on their initial findings and an open forum discussion follows involving neighborhood attendees. Primary concerns identified by the public are:
  • High travel speeds
  • Dangers to pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Poor visibility and sight distance
  • Queuing (stacking up) of Valley High School traffic on Candelaria Road
  • Noise
  • Frequent crashes

March 2008

PB Americas, the consulting firm hired by the City of Albuquerque, collects data for the intersection evaluation.

March 2007

Funding for the study is secured by Representative Ed Sandoval and conveyed to the City of Albuquerque.

October 2006

Former City Councilor O'Malley requests funding from the New Mexico Legislature for an intersection evaluation and recommendations for improvement.

August 2006

Neighbors on Camino De Los Artesanos NW met with former City Councilor Debbie O'Malley and followed up with a letter requesting an intersection evaluation and recommendations for improvements to calm vehicular traffic and provide a safer street-crossing environment at the Candelaria/Rio Grande intersection.