The University of New Mexico has been notified that the Bernalillo County Water Authority is replacing and realigning old water lines that are in conflict with the proposed Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) Project. Commuters to UNM should expect traffic delays on Central due to lane closures.

As part of the project, the Water Authority will be replacing a 12 inch water line on the north side of Central and a 6 inch water line on the south side of Central as well as relocating fire hydrants.

The contractor for the project is New Mexico Underground. Construction on this phase of the project is expected to last through August 19—although it could be extended if needed. Regular work hours will be Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., however the contractor may work extended hours or on Saturdays if needed.

Week of July 18-22
The contractor will locate underground utilities. During this work, only one lane of traffic will be open in each direction (westbound and eastbound). Initially, the outside two lanes will be closed on each side of Central from Yale to University, then later in the week the inside two lanes will be closed on each side of Central from Yale to University.

Motorists should expect delays, and pedestrians and cyclists should use extra caution in the construction zone. Access will be maintained to all businesses and to UNM. Area residents and businesses will be notified in advance of any planned water shutoffs.

Week of July 25-29  
The contractor will begin removing roadway and installing the new 6 inch and 12 inch water lines. During initial construction, the two outside lanes will be closed on Central from Yale to University, with one lane open in each direction (eastbound and westbound). Right-hand turns will be permitted for eastbound traffic at Mesa, Terrace, and Buena Vista as well as University and Yale.

Waterline Lane Closures

About the Project
Old water lines are being “abandoned in place” when possible to minimize the impact on area residents and businesses. Any abandoned lines will be filled in for safety. The Water Authority also plans to replace any medians removed as part of the project.

The Water Authority is paying for the construction from its capital budget for replacement of aging infrastructure. 

For more information about ART, call 398-4ART (398-4278) or visit BRTABQ.

Questions, concerns or want to be added to the County’s email list for construction updates, contact Patti Watson at 505-245-3134 or email