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James Vandernaald

There's something here that we don't understand. Remember the good job the State and the Feds did on refurbishing Cerrillos, St Michael's, and Old Pecos? Particularly on Old Pecos, the City ignored the potholes until the Governor intervened and paid for the re-paving. So now the City is responsible for all maintenance (is that right?) and what does the State contribute? Two trucks and four workers that the City must now support with City funds. The other issue which the article glosses over is the statement that this agreement is a "byproduct of the state's decision to construct N.M. 599 to serve as a bypass for traffic on Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Drive." What does that mean? Let's have a new article on this subject with some more facts.

Andrew Lucero

Considering the already poor conditions the majority of our streets are in, I don't have much faith in the city's ability to mange and maintain even more road miles.

Daniel Mathews

The city seems to be incapable of maintaining its existing roads let alone take on more.

Khal Spencer

This could be good news for those not permanently grafted to their auto steering wheels. Cities generally have more sensitivities to urban traffic patterns and multimodal use than states, whose Transportation Departments are more attuned to moving traffic between and through cities. Heh. Albuquerque notwithstanding. One only has to look at city vs. state roads in Santa Fe to see the difference.

I would hope for more of a Vision Zero approach and some traffic calming and narrowing of or reduction in number of lanes in the future on these "stroads" that tear through Santa Fe in order to slow traffic and make room for bike lanes, possibly even protected bike lanes. We shall see.

Stefanie Beninato

I sure hope that St Michael's Drive does not become another Siler Rd where traffic backs up for blocks because of the redesign of Siler. And I agree with the other posters about the maintenance of city streets and whether the city will do a better job of snow clearing/maintenance than the state does.

Jan Johnson

Considering the current very poor condition of Rodeo Road to Old Pecos Trail this is a bad decision!

Richard Reinders

The city has done a terrible job with the roads they have now, what has changed.

Dan Frazier

I hope this leads to some improvements to these roads. It is not just about sweeping and plowing. I assume it is also about potholes, pavement markings, signage and traffic signals. I have lately been noticing how bad the pavement markings along Cerrillos Rd. are, especially in South Santa Fe. Many of the bike lane icons for instance have been nearly completely erased by traffic. Crosswalk markings and turn markings are also in very sad shape. Maybe we can add a paintbrush and a gallon of paint to the city budget?

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