In case you hadn't heard, tomorrow is the day Coal Ave. closes between I-25 and Washington for a $26 million improvement project. It's also the day that Lead Ave. becomes a two-way street between I-25 and Washington to carry the extra traffic.

If 4 lanes moving to 2 weren't bad enough, listen to this: the only places where left-hand turns will be allowed going either way will be University, Yale, Girard, and Carlisle.

I didn't realize how disruptive this will be until I drove the streets today. Holy cow! While I know the limited left turns is intended to keep traffic moving, this means severely restricted access when using the north-south streets all along Lead and Coal to move north and south.

I predict absolute gridlock as we adapt to the closure. Then in ten months, they switch it and close Lead while Coal carries all of the combined traffic for 10 more months.

Just how badly is this project needed?

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Tags: coal, hill, lead, nob, transportation, unm

Comment by JeSais on November 7, 2010 at 6:15pm
yeah. I hear ya.... living on one of those north / south streets.... Garfield will be my new best friend
Comment by Phil_0 on November 7, 2010 at 8:20pm
This weekend the timing for streetlights on north-south streets was seriously screwed up...the N/S light at Yale lasted less than 30 seconds, creating major gridlock along Yale. However, a crew was out adjusting the timing this morning and it seems like things are better now. Honestly, I'm a little more worried about head-on collisions along Lead this week.
Comment by urbanABQ on November 7, 2010 at 8:24pm
It's necessary to make these streets useful for all users, and especially for the neighborhoods they bisect. We need to take this design approach to MANY more across the city. Sounds like a significant upgrade to the stormwater system as well. Can't wait to see the results!
Comment by Mike English on November 7, 2010 at 9:16pm
Because this project fixes repeated storm drain flooding of my house, I would say it's needed pretty badly.
Comment by Another Mike on November 7, 2010 at 10:49pm
I haven't been following the discussion on this or the meetings in which the design intent is or isn't stated.

Are the North/South restrictions temporary, or are the lovely orange barriers only temporary?
Comment by BurqueBinder on November 8, 2010 at 1:53am
I don't know...I live directly between Lead and Coal, and it's really not that big a deal. It actually doesn't take any longer to get anywhere (or hasn't so far, I guess we'll see). I think it seems to be more of a hindrance than it actually is. Besides, Lead and Coal, for all their usefulness while driving in a car, were pretty obnoxious to walk along, so hopefully the sidewalk improvements will help.
Comment by bluejays47 on November 8, 2010 at 8:19am
Well, I was able to get out of my alleyway this morning, so... so far so good? I will say that the timing on the lights might still need some adjustment-- it shouldn't take two cycles to get through the Yale/Lead intersection.

Aside from the storm drain upgrades, though, count me against this whole thing. Ick.
Comment by contrastlife on November 8, 2010 at 9:03am
I ride a motorcycle up and down lead/coal everyday. It is working pretty well so far if you ask me. They had it set up as a two-way sometime on Sunday. I am a little concerned about head-ons in the short term - till everyone gets used to it. So far, so good. I'm for it.
Comment by JeSais on November 8, 2010 at 9:48am
I agree its gonna be a big suck in the interim... but the overall plan (which includes better sidewalks, some landscaping and traffic calming measures) will hopefully make the streets better for everyone.

a little late to be against it... it is happening.
Comment by JeSais on November 8, 2010 at 9:49am

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