Albuquerque Innerbelt Tollway Feasibility Analysis

  • 2013

Albuquerque Innerbelt Tollway Feasibility Analysis

Author:
Daniel Pagliaro
Abstract:

This paper discusses the feasibility of a conceptual freeway linking Interstates 25 and 40 through the southeast quadrant of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The purpose of the Innerbelt Tollway is to relieve traffic congestion and reduce accident rates by separating local traffic from commuter and truck traffic in this densely developed portion of the city, and provide a direct link between Kirtland Air Force Base and area freeways. Based on analysis of similarly designed facilities throughout the United States, it is estimated that construction of the Innerbelt Tollway would cost approximately $702 million and have a five-year construction schedule. The feasibility analysis concluded that based on the assumptions made within the study, the development and construction of the Innerbelt Tollway is viable from a cost, schedule, and technical perspective. However, the study also concluded that public and political prioritization of developing mass transit infrastructure over new highways within the Albuquerque Metro Area would preclude the advancement of the Innerbelt Tollway beyond the initial concept phase of development until public opinion and the political environment for such a facility become more favorable.