12th Street and Menaul Great Streets Improvements
The City of Albuquerque Department of Municipal Development (DMD) is in the process of implementing improvements to 12th Street and Menaul Boulevard as part of the 12th Street and Menaul Great Streets Improvements Project. Improvements will be constructed in phases (see map of project limits). Phase 1 was completed in 2012 and included the addition of a roundabout at Indian School Road and the Menaul Extension as well as landscaping and multimodal improvements. Construction plans have been completed for Phase 2 and Phase 3, with the expectation that Phase 2 construction will begin in early 2017. Construction will be completed as follows:
- Phase 2, City Project 7186.92, includes 12th Street from the I-40 westbound frontage road to south of Menaul Boulevard and the I-40 westbound frontage road at its intersection with 12th Street.
- Phase 3, City Project 7186.93, includes Menaul Boulevard from the Menaul Extension to approximately Los Tomases Drive, 12th Street from south of Menaul Boulevard to La Poblana Road, and a roundabout at the 12th Street/Menaul Boulevard intersection.
The overall improvements include roadway reconstruction, intersection improvements, traffic signal and lighting improvements, a modern roundabout, bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks, storm drainage installation and modification, utility adjustments, landscaping improvements, and new bus stop locations and infrastructure.
The City of Albuquerque is working closely with Indian Pueblos Marketing Inc. to implement the improvements as part of the development of the Albuquerque Indian School property. Information regarding the development plans for the Albuquerque Indian School property can be viewed here.
The City has secured funding for Phase 2 of the project and construction is expected to begin in early 2017. It is anticipated that Phase 3 construction could occur in the 2018/2019 time frame. Funding is being sought for the last phase while additional right-of-way is being acquired to construct the Phase 3 improvements. The City anticipates that the right-of-way acquisition process will take a substantial amount of time. Additional information on Phase 3 will be provided as it becomes available.
Roundabout Video Links
A roundabout was selected as the improvement alternative for the 12th Street and Menaul Boulevard intersection. Click on the image to view the conceptual layout for the proposed roundabout configuration.
There are many sources of roundabout educational materials on the internet. One example is a webpage developed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation which can be accessed at the link below. This link is provided because the roundabout example is similar to the configuration that is currently being designed for the 12th Street and Menaul intersection.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has prepared a roundabout video that can be accessed via the link below.
Information Available for Download
The project materials available for download in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format include the following:
Phase 2 Plan View Drawing, Improvements and Construction Limits
Phase 3 Plan View Drawing, Improvements and Construction Limits
Alternatives Analysis Report, Final Report, January 2015
Alternatives Analysis Report, Appendices, January 2015
Map of the Study Limits/Study Area
Maps of Existing (2013) Peak Hour Traffic Volumes
Maps of Design-Year (2035) Peak Hour Traffic Volumes
Map of Existing Right-of-Way
Estimated Change in Traffic AM and PM Peak Hours
Link to FHWA Safety - Roundabouts
Link to FHWA Safety – Signalized Intersections