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Road closures planned

Road closures planned

A road closure will go into effect beginning Wednesday, September 25th until Wednesday October 16th, Idalia Rd. from Under Blvd. to Abrazo Rd. The road will receive new paving.

On Thursday, September 26, 2013, Sabana Grande Ave. will be closed beginning at 6:00 p.m. for utility work.  This closure will remain in effect until 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2013.

For more information regarding the road closure plan or any other information about the city of Rio Rancho, visit www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us.

ABQ, Santa Fe airport to receive $7.5 million in federal grants

ABQ, Santa Fe airport to receive $7.5 million in federal grants

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will provide the Albuquerque International Sunport $5 million and the Santa Fe Municipal Airport $2.5 million as part of their Airport Improvement Program.

Senator Tom Udall, a member of Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, made the announcement regarding the grants.

“These infrastructure projects will help put New Mexicans back to work while also making our airports safer and more efficient,” Udall said in a statement. “Air travel is critically important to New Mexico’s businesses — and especially its tourism economy — to bring visitors from around the country and the world to the Land of Enchantment.”

Open-data initiatives save Albuquerque’s taxpayers dollars

Open-data initiatives save Albuquerque’s taxpayers dollars

Mayor Richard J. Berry announced that partnerships with the University of New Mexico and a locally-based app development firm had led to annual operational cost savings of about $180,000 of taxpayer’s money.

The savings comes from a drop of 120,000 transit-related telephone calls to the 311 Citizen Call Center.

Currently, public transportation users are able to receive ABQ Ride bus locations through three different services:

Where's My Bus - http://wmb.unm.edu/
The ABQ Ride mobile app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abq-ride/id532740870
TXT2RIDE texting service

The launch of these mobile and convenient services had led to a significant drop in transit-related call volume.

Special Wine Festival Schedule planned for NM Rail Runner

Special Wine Festival Schedule planned for NM Rail Runner

 

In order to accommodate this traveling to this year’s New Mexico Wine Festival in Bernalillo, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will provide a special schedule with extra trains.

The New Mexico Wine Festival attracts about 25,000 people each year.

Over the Labor Day weekend celebrations, the Town has contracted with the New Mexico Rail Runner for an expanded schedule.

“If you live outside of Bernalillo, the train really is the best way to get here,” said Maria Rinaldi, Executive Director of the New Mexico Wine Festival. “The train has really become an integral part of our event to get people to and from the festival safely and efficiently.”

The New Mexico Wine Festival runs Saturday, August 31st through Monday, September 2nd from noon to 7 p.m.

Motorists to be Aware of US 380 Closures

Motorists to be Aware of US 380 Closures

Motorists should be aware of two roadblocks on US 380 between Carrizozo and San Antonio.

 

US 380 eastbound and westbound will be closed on Thursday, July 25, from 3:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at mile post 1 to mile post 3 for repairs to the BNSF railroad crossing. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area until the work zone is cleared, as these closures cannot be removed until work is completed because there will be no detours. Traffic control will be posted alerting motorists of the closure.

 

Hwy 380 will be blocked at 9:30 am at Gold Block (mile marker 4) and Silver (mile marker 49) for approximately 2 hours, which should be complete by 11:30 am.

 

Roadblocks are subject to change.  Please call 575-678-1178 for up-to-date information on WSMR roadblocks.

 

Bikes & Brews Bike Tour This Weekend

Bikes & Brews Bike Tour This Weekend

Albuquerque’s Bikes & Brews Bike Tour is hosting a bicycle experience, July 21 at 1 pm.

 

The tour combines scenery of Albuquerque’s bike paths along with professionally guided beer sampling, local culture, and VIP back-room brewery tours.

 

Each installment features at least here distinct craft breweries and a selection of highly rated local microbrews for your enjoyment.

 

Reservations for the tour can be made at http://routesrentals.com/rentalsrates/make-a-reservation.

 

Admission is $60 with bike rental or $50 with your own bike.

 

Routes have been recently considered one of the 50 Reasons to Love Albuquerque on New Mexico Magazine released April 2012.

 

Local Ford Dealership Ranks Among Top 100 List

Local Ford Dealership Ranks Among Top 100 List

Albuquerque has toped Ford Motor Co.’s list of Top 100 Dealers. Rich Ford, who operates in Albuquerque, has ranked number 73 out of 2,700 dealers nationwide.

 

Ford was the only dealer in the state to reach the list of Top 100 dealers according to the calendar year 2012 sales.

 

“This is truly an honor and a tribute to the hard work and dedication of every single person at Rich Ford,” said Dennis Snyder, president and general manager. “We are proud to serve the residents of Albuquerque and all of New Mexico.”

 

This isn’t the first time Ford racks up big numbers, in 1965 he was first named a Top 100 Dealer and has earned the prestigious honor 40 times in his 52 years of service.

 

For the 2013 sales to date, the company has moved up to number 72 to the Ford’s List.