A new roundabout in the Westside neighborhood could help reduce the number of accidents

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The city is calling it a “problem intersection” on the west side of Albuquerque, and now the area is getting some improvements, like a new roundabout and more lighting.

“It’s quite dangerous because there’s just a lot of traffic and everyone is driving too fast. People drive way too fast there,” said Heather Sandoval, a local resident.

Neighbors who live in the Tierra Oeste neighborhood near Unser and Ladera say this intersection is a problem. At Tierra Pintada and Mirehaven Parkway, drivers say it can be complicated to get through safely.

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“If we’re trying to cross, and you try to stop in the middle and look, it’s quite dangerous because cars are coming very quickly, and the slope makes it kind of a hill,” Sandoval explained.

“I mainly see speeding, and sometimes I get, I know when I first started driving, I would often stop there because there would be cars coming, because there were certain parts of the day where I would just get stuck in the car. downtown,” said Skylar Sandoval, a local resident.

The city hopes the roundabout will help reduce speeding and reckless driving. The project will also add twelve new skylights and landscaping, and include improvements to the bike path.

“We love roundabouts. They are much, much safer than traditional signalized intersections because they slow traffic, but they are also better because they keep traffic flowing,” said Dan Mayfield, city development officer for public information.

Other residents we spoke with said they are not looking forward to construction, but hope the project will make the area safer.

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“I am in favor of it. I think this will slow down traffic and reduce the chance of accidents in the area,” said Rebecca Padilla, a local resident.

The road closures will begin Monday, with one lane open in each direction. Construction starts on Tuesday and will last until December.

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