Debbie Bauman, from the City of Albuquerque's Department of Municipal Development, has provided responses to questions submitted regarding what to expect at the Public Meeting regarding the Evaluation of the Rio Grande/Candelaria intersection (click on the date above to open a copy of her responses). Ms. Bauman provided further clarification regarding "one sign in list" sayiing that 4 or 5 staff members would be taking the names and it would be possible to indicate on that list whether the attendee wished to speak or not.
The City has released the attached notice (click on the date above to download the notice) regarding a presentation by Parsons-Brinkerhoff on their recent analysis of the Candelaria/Rio Grande Boulevard intersection. The release suggests that the consultant's presentation and attendee's public comments will take place within a 1.5 hour time frame. We have questions about that, as well as questions about the meeting format. RGBNA will pursue these with the City, as well as with the consultant, and report back to you.
Please plan to attend this public meeting on September 10, as well as the City Council meeting on September 16 at which the Council will vote on Councilor Meyers' bill to turn down the federal money for the roundabout and to establish a City Policy that a roundabout may never be built at the intersection of Rio Grande Boulevard and Candelaria.
Two weeks ago we posted the just-released Parsons-Brinkerhoff report on the Candelaria/Rio Grande intersection. Berry Ives, a member of both RGBNA and AGNA and a retired economist and tranportation planner for the MRCOG has analyzed the Parsons-Brinkerhoff report. He finds some significant flaws, which lead to an erroneous conclusion in the benefit/cost Analysis.
Here is Mr. Ives analysis
December 18, 2012
Status of Roundabout Funding
In response to questions about whether the funding for the roundabout at Candelaria and Rio Grande Boulevard had expired, the City reports that funding has been extended to August, 2013.