New petition presented to council

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By Jennifer Garcia

When one door closes another one opens, or so the saying goes. This holds true for petitions that have been presented to council as well.

On Monday, a petition presented to council regarding the West Jemez Bypass was discussed and as a result, the project was removed from the Capital Improvement Projects list.

During Tuesday night’s meeting in council chambers, another petition regarding rerouting SR 502 was discussed.

The petition, spearheaded by White Rock resident Richard Dunn, proposed that SR 502 be rerouted from the Main Hill and Trinity Drive to the truck route.

“This is a proposal that had been hatched a couple years ago and has been bouncing around,” Dunn said. “In the 1970s, Trinity Drive was primarily a bypass for Central Avenue. There were few businesses and little housing on the south side of Trinity. Since then, the south side of Trinity has become developed and it is no longer a bypass.

“Rerouting SR 502 recreates the bypass for the highway and its users while allowing Trinity to become a community complete street,” he said.

During the presentation to council, Dunn gave a PowerPoint presentation that outlined the proposal, as well as the advantages and potential problems that could arise from doing a reroute.

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