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Governor announces state investment in historic Albuquerque neighborhood

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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham speaking with a citizen after the conclusion of the press conference

With just a week to go before election day, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was in Albuquerque on Tuesday to announce a $2.2 million state investment to the Barleas/4th Street Great Block Project.

This will make strategic infrastructure improvements for the historic Albuquerque neighborhood.

The primary focus of this project will be in improving pedestrian safety.

According to Barleas.net, as federally-designated Low Access to Transportation Census Tract, many within this community rely on walking or biking for their commutes.

Through traffic-calming interventions, improved lighting and ADA compliance, these funds will help create a safer overall environment for those living in the Barelas neighborhood.

Economic Development Department Secretary Alica Keyes said these improvements will have a wide-ranging effect on this area of Albuquerque.

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Economic Development Department Secretary Alica Keyes speaks during Tuesday's press conference

“It will transform the community and result in improved economic vitality, equity and also just beautiful streetscapes for this area.”

This project will also look at improvements to make Barleas more economically viable by promoting pedestrian activity and increasing connectivity to nearby attractions like the Rio Grande Zoo, historic Rail Yards and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The Barelas neighborhood has long suffered from negative economic consequences resulting from changes to traffic patterns and other infrastructure efforts over the past few decades.

But with this investment, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said families within this community will finally get the long-awaited improvements they’ve needed.

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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said the investment made in the Barleas will impact future generations

“The better those impacts are going to be and the more is going to be felt by the families that quite frankly have waited too long.”

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Gino Gutierrez was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A lifelong resident of New Mexico, Gino found interest in broadcasting after falling in love with sports and sports broadcasting. He attended the University of New Mexico, where he majored in mass media journalism. While at UNM, he worked the New Mexico Daily Lobo, serving as both sports and managing editor. He can also be heard providing play-by-play commentary for the Lobo Hockey Network.