NMDOT will install a new traffic light at Tramway and Paseo

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Crews will install the signal on Thursday

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Nearly a year after removing an acceleration and merge lane for drivers going from the Paseo del Norte to the streetcar in the foothills of Albuquerque, the New Mexico Department of Transportation is preparing now to install a new traffic light at the crossroads. The signal will replace a surrender sign, further reshaping an area where most drivers could previously drive without stopping.

According to NMDOT, the signal affects drivers looking to transfer from the eastbound Paseo del Norte to the soundbound tram. Drivers first noticed changes in this area in late 2021, when NMDOT removed and blocked a merge or “ramp lane” that seamlessly shifted Paseo traffic to the streetcar.

The plastic poles basically put a stop to drivers heading for the southbound tram. Due to this change, many drivers are now forced to slow down or stop and then rejoin the tram after checking for oncoming traffic.

After the change, in October 2021, NMDOT spokeswoman Kimberly Gallegos explained the move as an effort to help other road users who don’t drive cars. “We kind of give in to cyclists and pedestrians crossing through there, so it just makes that area a bit safer…there’s a lot of activity, cyclists and pedestrians traveling on the tram,” Gallegos said. at KRQE News 13 in October 2021.

The new traffic light is expected to replace the current roadway configuration of traffic signs. Construction is expected to begin tomorrow, Thursday June 2, 2022. NMDOT says installation is expected to take a few hours and the new signal should be online by the end of the day.

The NMDOT warns drivers in the area to “prepare for a new traffic pattern.” With the new traffic light, Gallegos told KRQE News 13 that NMDOT is not looking to reopen the merge or acceleration lane it closed in 2021. The intersection has seen at least one fatality since the change.

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