The Small Business Resource Collaborative (SBRC) is a non-profit alliance of community business organizations dedicated to the success of small business. If you are a small business along Central Ave. and are interested in learning about new resources available to you during the ART construction, please contact the SBRC at www.sbrcabq.com!
CORRIDOR-WIDE CONSTRUCTION, LIMITED CONSTRUCTION ZONES NEAR YOUR PROPERTY
You’ve probably heard about the upcoming construction of the bus rapid transit line, Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART), along an 8.75-mile stretch of Central Avenue. You’ve probably not heard that construction engineers are planning to minimize disruption to businesses with the goal of limiting the length of construction zones to approximately three to four blocks.
What that would mean for your business is about 60 days of sidewalk widening, landscaping, roadway resurfacing, and center lane roadway reconfigurations to build stations and create a dedicated lane for the buses. During construction, there will always be at least one lane of car traffic moving in each direction.
In other cities (like Phoenix, Denver and Los Angeles), construction of light rail lines was much longer and more intense. In Albuquerque, we’re not doing a light rail project: we’re doing a faster, lighter bus rapid transit project. While any kind of construction project encounters unknowns and some delays, we’re working to make them as rare as possible, and to keep you and your customers as informed as possible.
UPDATED CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE
Anticipated to start Summer 2016 and proceed section by section through late 2017
To minimize impacts to businesses and traffic, our goal is to break construction into sections of approximately three or four blocks. The exact order of section construction will be determined by Bradbury Stamm, the local construction management company, and sections will be scheduled to avoid major holidays and events.
When construction activities are near you, the construction team will ensure customers have access to your business, and will post signs letting customers know you are open, how to get to you, and where to park.
A detailed construction schedule is available and will be updated as the project continues. Sign up for email updates now to ensure you get it as soon as it is published by filling out and submitting the form above.
CONSTRUCTION WEBSITE, UPDATES and SOCIAL MEDIA
Construction updates will be posted on this website. Subscribe to weekly updates by email or text or like us on Facebook at AlbuquerqueRapidTransit. Later this summer, a mobile application that provides real time construction information will be available for download from the website.
Call (505) 398-4ART (4278) to ask questions now, or report problems that arise from ART construction. Your call will be returned promptly. Once construction begins, the hotline will be staffed by operators 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The construction team will provide business packets for all businesses in the corridor that include parking maps; alternate routes; sample letters and emails for customers, vendors, and employees; and general information on the project.
TEMPORARY BUSINESS SIGNAGE
Construction signs will let customers know that your business is open during construction and help direct drivers and pedestrians to your entrance and to parking in the area.
TRAFFIC DIRECTIONAL SIGNAGE
Before construction begins, the construction team will place signs directing customers to parking and businesses. Signs have been posted to show the public the location of the planned stops along Central Avenue.
66 REASONS TO LOVE ROUTE 66: We are providing an incentive program called 66 Reasons to Love Route 66 to encourage customers to support local businesses in the ART corridor during construction. Promotion of the program includes a webpage and mobile application that list participating businesses, social media posts, and posters along the corridor and in buses. The 66 Reasons to Love Route 66 Program will begin this summer and includes contests, giveaways & special events. Businesses who want to participate can contact us with their incentive and will be listed in promotional materials. More information is available by contacting us through the Project Hotline, (505) 398-4ART (4278).
ART BEAT ON THE STREET: In conjunction with area neighborhoods, business associations, and UNM’s College of Fine Arts, ABQ RIDE will host events in different neighborhoods to shop the corridor. The ART Beat Events will organize and publicize live performances and visual arts in conjunction with the shopping events that invite customers to visit retail shops and restaurants near active construction zones.
Your participation will help the City of Albuquerque best support you through the planned construction phase.
When construction is complete, the area surrounding your business will be more vibrant and pedestrian friendly –
with wider sidewalks, attractive landscaping, a resurfaced roadway, and nearby transit station areas. ART will provide
an enhanced Route 66 corridor, connecting people to ever-changing opportunities, reinvigorating public spaces, and
helping drive the local economy.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.