City overwhelmed with number of traffic calming requests

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – People living on a little block tucked away in an Albuquerque neighborhood have been complaining for years about speeders, now the city is doing something about it.

“We’re here on Evansdale and 52nd, what’s famously known as Dead Man’s Curve,” said Albuquerque City Councilor, Lan Sena.

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The block-long street near West Central has been a problem for years, with speeders ending up in people’s yards. During a news conference on Thursday morning, Sena announced they’ve finally come up with a solution: two new speed bumps.

“These are the best options for slowing cars entering those curves and hopefully keeping cars on the road,” said Timothy Brown, the division manager for Traffic Engineering with the City of Albuquerque .

Councilor Sena says she’s received dozens of complaints about this street, and about countless others in her district. Brown says they get more than 100 neighborhood requests a year for work to slow down speeders. Residents who are begging for a solution to traffic problems in their neighborhoods, hoping for stop signs, speed bumps, traffic circles, or medians to keep through traffic out.

Of all the requests they receive in a year, only about ten neighborhoods see a solution. This year, Evansdale is one of them. A lot of those requests don’t go anywhere because they’re for streets considered arteries or intended for heavy traffic.

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