In 2011, the Bernalillo County Public Works Department began a process to develop the Bridge Boulevard Corridor Redevelopment Plan for the section of Bridge Boulevard between Coors Boulevard and the Barelas Bridge. The purpose of the plan was to identify strategies to support livability principles within the local community while effectively moving regional traffic through the corridor. The Plan was adopted by the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners in 2013 and included zoning updates, roadway infrastructure recommendations, the identification of catalytic areas with redevelopment potential, and proposed phasing for improvement implementation. In order to begin implementation of portions of the Redevelopment Plan, Bernalillo County Public Works Department, in cooperation with Federal Highway Administration and New Mexico Department of Transportation, proposes to reconstruct Bridge Boulevard from Coors Boulevard to 8th Street. Traffic between Coors Boulevard and Old Coors Drive would also be redirected to a reconstructed Tower Road, which is identified as a principal arterial in the Mid-Region Council of Government’s 2004 Long Range Roadway System Plan.
The total project distance is approximately 3.54 miles. An Environmental Assessment for the full project corridor is being prepared, as discussed below. Implementation of the full project is expected to be completed in four phases:
Design of the Phase 1 segment will begin in April 2015. Design and construction of the remaining segments may occur in a different sequence, dependent on funding and timing of separate concurrent projects within the area.
Bernalillo County Public Works Department has initiated an Environmental Assessment for the reconstruction of Bridge Boulevard from Coors Boulevard to 8th Street. The Environmental Assessment will first consider the broad, general impacts of the proposed reconstruction of Bridge Boulevard. The Environmental Assessment will focus on broad issues for the entire project corridor, including purpose and need for the project, general location of alternatives, and decision points required for each phase of roadway reconstruction. The Environmental Assessment will identify the type of environmental document required for each design phase. No construction related activities are authorized as a result of the Environmental Assessment. There will be several opportunities to offer input during each phase of the project. During the Environmental Assessment process, there will be a public meeting and a public hearing. More information on how to participate in the process can be found at Participate
Each phase of the roadway design process will follow the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Location Study Procedures guidelines. The project team will use the “Main Street” conceptual designs developed during the Redevelopment Plan process to obtain additional information, including right-of-way requirements, costs, performance data, environmental surveys, utility information, and public input. The conceptual designs will be further evaluated and refined and reviewed in the environmental document for each phase. After completion of the Environmental Assessment, four environmental documents will be prepared – one for each design phase. The environmental documents will address site-specific conditions, project impacts, costs, mitigation measures, and any necessary design adjustments. The phase-specific environmental documents will be the decision documents that authorize construction activities.
All decisions on roadway design, utilities, intersection configurations, and aesthetic treatments will be made during the design phase for each segment. Design decisions will be made through evaluation of roadway operations, constructability, cost, public input, and environmental impacts.
Your participation in the process is vital to the future of Bridge Boulevard. Opportunities will be available for you to give input throughout the design process and there are multiple ways to get involved: