Engineering work is expected to begin later this year on a long-planned roundabout that will be built at a busy intersection roughly 10 miles to the west of downtown Albuquerque.
The project will be built adjacent to the growing and upscale Mirehaven residential community.
The project will be built at the corner where the Mirehaven Parkway meets Tierra Pintada Boulevard, and will entail the construction of new gutters and curbs, as well as Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks and ramps.
The City of Albuquerque has issued a Request for Proposals for engineering consultants for what is expected to be a $3 million project.
As planned, the project will additionally include paving work, along with drainage design, street lighting, and a median and roundabout design.
Roundabouts are increasingly being built across the country as a means of moving traffic at intersections in mostly urban or heavily-populated suburban areas without the use of a traffic signal.
New roundabouts in Albuquerque include a $2 million project that completed a year ago at the intersection of Rio Grande and Candelaria Road.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, such configurations increase traffic capacity intersections by up to 50 percent.
The RFP has a submission deadline of February 3.
By Garry Boulard
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