(Michaela Helean/Observer)


The City of Rio Rancho announced September 26 that Riverside Drive will be getting reconstructed.

It will begin on October 3 and is set to last six months. It will end some time in April 2023.

The short road is home to Fire Station #3, a park, and part of the River’s Edge neighborhood. It will reportedly be restricted to one lane for the length of its construction(it is two lanes wide).

Fire Station #3 on Riverside Drive. (Michaela Helean/ Observer)

According to Deputy City Manager Peter Wells, the project includes the replacement of pavement on Riverside Drive between its two intersections with NM 528, replacement of the waterline, updating curb ramps for ADA compliance, intersection lighting, adding a raised median, median landscaping, and pavement marking.

Like the ongoing NM-528 project, Riverside Drive will be reworked by Albuquerque Asphalt, a contractor that is hired by city and state alike.

The project cost is approximately $4.8 million and is funded through New Mexico Department of Transportation funds, voter-approved G.O. Bond funds and Utilities Department funds.