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More Time For Public Comment On Sunport Road Project

Bernalillo County
Artist's rendering of the Sunport Blvd. extension

Bernalillo County has extended the public comment period for a controversial road project in an industrial area south of Albuquerque. 

The $19 million Sunport Blvd. extension project is intended to make commuting easier and bring more business development to the South Valley - that’s according to Bernalillo County. But people in a nearby neighborhood say they didn’t have a seat at the table while the plans were being made.

"The community of San Jose, the residents who are going to be greatly impacted by this road, has never had a dialogue where they can sit down and discuss this project with Bernalillo County," said San Jose Neighborhood Association President Esther Abeyta, who worries the road will bring air pollution from cars and more heavy industry to her area.

After complaints from Abeyta and other residents Bernalillo County announced last week they would hold more community meetings on the plan, and that they’d take public comments until September 28. 

Ed Williams came to KUNM in 2014 by way of Carbondale, Colorado, where he worked as a public radio reporter covering environmental issues. Originally from Austin, Texas, Ed has reported on environmental, social justice, immigration and Native American issues in the U.S. and Latin America for the Austin American-Statesman, Z Magazine, NPR’s Latino USA and others. In his spare time, look for Ed riding his mountain bike in the Sandias or sparring on the jiu-jitsu mat.
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