Parents raise concerns over dirty I-40 pedestrian bridge

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — It was last November when KOB 4 spoke to parents who said they would rather take a detour to get their kids to school than walk across the I-40 pedestrian bridge.

The camps are gone, but there’s still plenty of naughtiness, and parents say they can’t get anyone from town to clean it up.

“I think they use the toilet on the bridge, it’s not an animal, you realize it’s not an animal, and you see the cup over there and you immediately know what it is. That’s where I draw the line for the safety of my children,” said one Albuquerque parent.

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Many students attending Christine Duncan School on Albuquerque’s Westside have to cross a pedestrian bridge over I-40 several times a day.

“We drive this way to school here every day and it’s just really dirty and dirty.”

“Most days it’s filled with trash, it’s filled with trash all the time, often it’s strewn all over the place,” said Janae Greving, an Albuquerque parent.

From broken glass, beer cans, and mugs filled with urine, these worried parents are fed up, and not just because of the mess.

“I mostly use the 311 app, it’s the easiest way.”

But also how the city deals with it.

“I explain what I see. I usually put up pictures, and eventually I’ll go back and confirm, if a neighbor wrote something, I’ll say, ‘Yes, it’s still there, it’s like this and it’s been like this for two weeks now,'” said an Albuquerque -Parent.

KOB 4 reached out to the City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Department, and a spokesman said in a statement:

“Since November 2021, 77 reports have been filed to 311 in relation to the area and SWMD has processed each of these reports through cleanups. The Family and Community outreach team is scheduled to visit the area this week and SWMD crews will be cleaning up the area.”

KOB 4 was already there in November 2021 and there are some improvements. But parents say there is still a long way to go before they feel safe.

“It’s embarrassing to call it Albuquerque, it’s really embarrassing.”

Waste Management is scheduled to clean the bridge this week.

However, parents say all they can do is hope it stays clean, but if history suggests they’ll probably call 311 again at some point.

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