The City Council approved a plan Tuesday to move $2 million from a voter-approved underpass at St. Francis Drive and West Alameda Street to other bike and pedestrian projects around the city.
A large chunk of the money — $556,200 — will be shifted to another planned underpass to get pedestrians and bicyclists across St. Francis Drive, this one just north of the Cerrillos Road intersection where the Acequia Trail connects with the Santa Fe Railyard.
Under the proposal, which the council passed without discussion, the city also will spend $100,000 for at-grade improvements at the West Alameda intersection, where the Santa Fe River Trail crosses St. Francis Drive. The city also is setting aside $40,000 for contingencies.
A bond issue approved by city voters in 2012 included money for an underpass at the busy intersection. The ballot question didn’t list specific projects, but the city promised the underpass in campaign information provided to voters.
Former City Councilor Chris Calvert tried to convince councilors not to shift the funds, saying they would risk losing credibility with voters in future bond elections. Councilors were split on whether or not to move the money to other projects but eventually supported the reallocation.
The shifting of funds from the underpass prompted City Councilor Peter Ives to sponsor a resolution that calls for the council to hold a public hearing before it votes to reallocate proceeds from a voter-approved general obligation bond or tax “that deviates materially from the information” provided to voters. The council approved Ives’ resolution Tuesday.
Here is how the rest of the money will be spent:
• $150,000 on the Arroyo Mascaras Trail near Las Mascaras and San Francisco streets.
• $80,000 on the Acequia Trail from Otowi Road to Maclovia Park.
• $300,000 on the Tierra Contenta Trail from Buffalo Grass Road to South Meadows Road.
• $113,800 on the Acequia Trail from Rufina Street to San Felipe Road.
• $200,000 on the Cañada Rincon Trail from Calle Mejia to Avenida Rincon.
• $150,000 on the Municipal Recreation Complex Trail near N.M. 599.
• $200,000 to widen Old Santa Fe Trail from East Zia Road to Sun Mountain Road.
• $10,000 on La Tierra Flow Trail.