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Alvarado Gardens Neighborhood

Speeding in Alvarado Gardens

Many residents have expressed concern about the speeding issues occurring in the neighborhood, particularly on Candelaria Road west of Rio Grande.

The Alvarado Gardens Neighborhood Association Board has been collecting feedback on the speeding and traffic issues and working with city officials to determine effective, long-term solutions.

Candelaria Traffic Calming Study

In January of 2017, the City of Albuquerque conducted a traffic calming study on Candelaria Road between the Rio Grande Nature Centure and Rio Grande Blvd NW. The purpose of the study was to determine the average speed of traffic along that 0.58 mile section of Candelaria, calculate an average of peek traffic volume, and provide traffic calming recommendations based on the study's findings.

Existing Traffic Calming Measures

There are several traffic calming measures that have already been implemented on Candelaria by the neighborhood:

  • Lane Striping
  • Bulbouts with landscaping
  • Center islands with landscaping
  • 25 MPH speed limit signs

The average speed collected across the three speed count locations during the traffic study was 26 MPH.

More information about the average daily traffic volumes, peak hour traffic volumes, speed study results, crash data, and recommended calming measures can be found in the full Candelaria Traffic Calming Study Report.

Traffic Calming Recommendations

As a result of the study, the Department of Municipal Development provided a handful of recommendations for members of the neighborhood and AGNA Board to consider:

  • Install additional speed limit signs
  • Install permanent radar speed signs
  • Install speed tables
  • Raised intersections
  • Traffic circles
  • Centerline striping eradication

Read the summary of the pros, cons, and cost estimate for each recommendation in the Candelaria Traffic Calming Study Report.

AGNA Traffic Subcommittee

The AGNA Board has formed a subcommittee to compile the concerns and feedback from Alvarado Gardens Neighborhood residents, share the feedback with our city representatives, and develop a plan to address the speeding and illegal parking issues.

In August of 2018, City Councilor Isaac Benton's office met with the city Traffic Engineer and staff from the Department of Municipal Development (DMD) and agreed to proceed with installing four new speed limit signs and eradicating the centerline striping on Candelaria between Rio Grande and the Nature Center. A second stripe will also be added to the bike lanes to visually narrow the roadway.

Additionally, DMD will review the storm drainage on Candelaria to determine if raised intersections are feasible, as well as the possibility of adding a speed table or raised intersection at the ditch crossing.

The AGNA Board will post additional updates to the website.

Get Involved

If you're concerned about traffic issues in the Alvarado Gardens Neighborhood, there are several ways you can get involved to help make our neighborhood a safer place for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and the local wildlife:

Contact the AGNA Traffic Subcommittee

If you would like to join the AGNA Traffic Subcommittee or have constructive feedback regarding the current traffic issues, please fill out the form with your information.

City Resources

The City of Albuquerque Neighborhood Traffic Management Program provides information about speeding and cut-through traffic on local residential streets in Albuquerque. They also have research on the effectiveness of different traffic-calming tools, such as:

  • Lane narrowing
  • Turn restrictions
  • Curb bulbouts
  • Radar speed signs
  • Targeted enforcement

Their Traffic Calming Toolkit has printable guides detailing the advantages and drawbacks of each method.