Paseo del Volcan (NM 347) Road Extension Study

Rainbow Blvd to Southern Blvd in Sandoval County

NMDOT Control No. A301573

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STUDY OVERVIEW

Paseo del Volcan Study Area Vicinity Map, CN A301573

Exhibit 1. Study Area Vicinity Map (click to enlarge).

WHERE IS THE STUDY AREA?

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, is conducting a corridor study for the extension of NM Highway 347 also known as Paseo del Volcan (PDV) located on the northwestern side of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho in Sandoval County, New Mexico. A segment of PDV exists between US Highway 550 and Unser Boulevard.  The study area starts at Rainbow Blvd and generally follows 28th Avenue west, turning south after Vista Road and extending south along 20th Street to Southern Boulevard – a distance of approximately seven (7) miles (see Exhibit 1).

WHY IS THE STUDY BEING CONDUCTED?

Planning for PDV has been underway for over 25 years and has been included in the Mid-Region Council of Governments Long Range Roadway System Plan since 2002. This facility was envisioned as a northwest bypass for the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho metropolitan area, and it is intended to connect I-40 west of the Atrisco Vista Interchange with US Highway 550 in north Rio Rancho (see Exhibit 2). Engineering and environmental studies that established the general alignment of PDV were prepared in the late 1990s and culminated in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 2002. The EIS authorized the acquisition of right-of-way (the area needed to construct the roadway) and construction of a 2-lane roadway. The northernmost seven (7) mile segment of PDV from US 550 to Unser Boulevard was constructed starting in 2005. Efforts to acquire the property needed to implement the remainder of the corridor have been underway since that time and about 90% of the property for the PDV extension has been acquired. The current study will identify and evaluate alignments, typical sections (lane and shoulder configuration), and intersection alternatives as well as the need for and location of pedestrian and bicycle facilities within the previously identified corridor.

Paseo del Volcan Study Area Map, Control Number A301573

Exhibit 2. Study Area Map (click to enlarge).

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE FOR THE PDV ROAD EXTENSION?

The purpose of the proposed roadway extension is to improve access to the developed area along 20th Street and provide better connections to the east-west streets extending into this area. The existing transportation system includes two east-west arterial streets (Southern Blvd. and Northern Blvd.) that extend west of Rio Rancho into the unincorporated lands of Sandoval County. No continuously paved and improved north-south streets exist west of Unser Blvd., which is over 4 miles from the developing areas. Existing access to the developed communities along 20th Street is provided by unpaved dirt roads, some of which are difficult to navigate during inclement weather (Exhibit 3). PDV will provide an efficient connection to Southern Blvd. and Northern Blvd. and will improve access to jobs, schools, and services in Rio Rancho. It will also improve access for police, fire, and emergency medical services and provide a route usable by school buses.

WORK UNDERWAY BETWEEN UNSER BLVD AND RAINBOW BLVD

Sandoval County is currently developing the design plans for the extension of PDV between Unser Boulevard and Rainbow Boulevard.  Sandoval County is the local lead following the NMDOT Tribal/Local Public Agency Procedures with funding authorized for both design and construction under Control Number A301911.

An existing unpaved dirt road (20th Street) in the PDV Study Area, CN A301573

Exhibit 3. View along 20th Street NW within the Study Area.

Aerial view of the intersection of 28th Street and Vista Road, CN A301573.

County

Sandoval

District

District 3

Funding Control Number

Status

Study and Design

Contact

Luke Smith, PDE
NMDOT Central Region Design
505-373-7411

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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITES

Activities to inform and engage the public and local agencies in decisions are planned and will occur throughout the study and design phases. These activities include a community survey, discussions with individuals living along the corridor, community meetings, and meetings with local agencies. Notices for and the materials shared with the public will be posted on this webpage.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR CONCERNS?

Please complete a survey to help the study team understand the needs of community members in the study area and to identify issues of greatest concern when a roadway is implemented. The survey has been circulated and mailed to residents living in the vicinity of 20th Street and 28th Avenue. Paper copies were also posted at the Bulk Water Fill Station located at 21st Street NW and Northern Boulevard.

We will accept comments at any time but would appreciate a response to the survey below by July 14, 2024.

If you prefer a paper copy of the survey, please send a request and your contact information to the project team.
Email:  PDV@Parametrix.com

UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENT | SUMMER 2024

The first public involvement meeting is anticipated to be held in late Summer 2024. The public meeting date, time, and location will be provided soon.

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Study Timeline

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Spring 2024

  • Conduct data collection and analysis
  • Prepare drainage conditions assessment
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Summer 2024

  • PUBLIC ACTIVITY – Community Survey
  • Identify and screen preliminary alternatives
  • Conduct cultural and biological resources surveys
  • PUBLIC ACTIVITY – Meeting #1
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Fall 2024

  • Conduct detailed evaluation of alternatives
  • Analyze environmental resources
  • Identify recommended alternative(s)
  • PUBLIC ACTIVITY – Meeting #2
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Winter 2024/2025

  • Select preferred alternative(s)
  • Complete PDV Roadway Extension Study
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Spring 2025

  • Prepare preliminary roadway design
  • Complete environmental documentation