For those of you not playing the home game, Paseo Del Norte is a major 6-lane crosstown express / freeway and one of the few river crossings linking the ever growing west side of town with the east side of the city. Back on Saturday morning there was a water main break that caused a sinkhole in the westbound lanes of Paseo, that resulted in the complete closure of the westbound lanes and 1 to 2 eastbound lanes until Tuesday morning, which resulted in a almost complete grid-lock of the whole city, even on a Saturday.
Well now, local goverment officals are seeing the Paseo Del Norte closure as a wakeup call that something needs to be done. Now since this is Albuquerque, it does not mean another bridge (or two) to cross the river, cus well, thats way too easy, even if it does cost money. No, since this is Albuquerque they are looking at ways they can just use a band-aid to fix the issues, then taking care of the root cause.
Now some of the ideas they have I must admit are kinda cool, but others are just plain stupid if not really unsafe. One of their "ideas" is to completely remove the middle concrete divider. Um, ya, cus nothing bad can come from that with cars going 60+ mph in different directions with just about 5 feet between them. lol.
I was kinda hopeing that this would spar a major amount of pissed off driver demanding that something be done, but it more appears that most Albuquerque drivers have just rolled over and taken it, which is really sad that we just take backups and grid-locked traffic as normal these days. But I guess some "wakeup call" is better then no wakeup call.