Message #215

Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 07:48:44
Subject: Roads Versus Petroglyphs

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

From: David A. Phillips Jr.

If you would like to have your voice heard about
the proposal to build Paseo del Norte through the
petroglyph district on Albuquerque's west side
(using a recently created corridor through
Petroglyph National Monument), you have a chance
to do so through a planning process that is
currently underway. The Middle Rio Grande Council
of Governments is preparing the "Draft 2020
Metropolitan Transportation Plan," which will help
guide road development in central New Mexico
through A.D. 2020. If a major road is not in this
plan it cannot receive federal transportation
funds, so this document has consequences. At the
moment the plan includes a proposal to build Paseo
through the petroglyph district. The public comment
period for the draft plan has been extended through
August 21, 1998. You can send your comments to:

  Mr. Michael Copeland, Director of Transportation
  Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments
  317 Commercial, N.E., Suite 300
  Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

You can also send in comments by e-mail to Loretta
Tolleson of the Council.

If anyone would like more information about the
2020 transportation plan and its relationship to the
Paseo/Petroglyph issue, please contact me.

Dave Phillips
Albuquerque, New Mexico


Date: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 16:09:08 EDT
Subject: central NM road plan

Dear Planning Committee Members:

The petroglyphs in Albuquerque are part of our state
and national heritage.  A major road through the
monument is not acceptable, for reasons enumerated by
many people with more expertise than I have, so I will
not burden you with another recitation.  

In general, I think that it is perverse to build more
roads as a solution to traffic problems.  The traffic
problems are caused by too many cars in too small a
space.  Build fewer roads and more public transportation
so that people will not have to be dependent on their

If you spend the funds making it more attractive and
convenient to take public transportation, then public
transportation will be a viable solution to the
difficulties of driving one's personal car.  This
transportation should include smaller van-sized
neighborhood vehicles feeding into major business routes
served by busses.  If all are powered by NCG systems,
what a boon to everyone who has to breath the air.  

Best regards for a productive planning session that
addresses the fundamental issues.

Suzanne Jamison
HC 68, Box 79S
Gila Hot Springs
Silver City, NM  88061