BernCo gets grant from the Federal Highway Administration

Bernalillo County, NM (KKOB) — U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced on Wednesday a historic $800 million in grant awards for 510 projects through the new Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program and Bernalillo County is one of the recipients.

Bernalillo County has been awarded a $6.3 million grant by the Federal Highway Administration that will be used to improve pedestrian safety on a two-mile segment of Coors Boulevard, from Blake Road to Gun Club Road in the South Valley. A portion of the grant was allocated specifically to areas that are considered an underserved population.  

The entire Coors Boulevard project will cost $7.9 million, which includes the $6.3 million federal grant and $800,000 each from the county and the city. It will include design and construction of proven countermeasures including reducing lane widths, lowering speed limits, installing protected bike lanes and sidewalks, and improving crosswalks. The project will also install advanced stop bars, refresh crosswalk markings, and raise medians along Coors Boulevard from Blake Road to Gun Club Road.

Partner agencies for this grant include the City of Albuquerque and the New Mexico Department of Transportation. 

The United States Department of Transportation and Bernalillo County must establish and execute a signed, mutually agreed upon grant agreement prior to the disbursement of award funds.