APS, City Council clash over loop road

From KOAT-TV.com - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —A traffic jam at an Albuquerque middle school is causing a crash between the school board and City Council.Monday, city councilors voted to block Albuquerque Public Schools from getting the curb cut it needs for a proposed loop road. The council said more community input is needed.
     Tuesday, cars stretched out of the Jefferson Middle School parking lot into oncoming traffic. The line of cars spills into traffic at the intersection of Lomas and Girard boulevards. APS was close to a fix in its plan to create the loop road, but as of Monday isn’t allowed to cut curbs to complete the loop project. City council said the school needs to work with the community during the next 60 days to find other options.
     Albuquerque City Counilor Brad Winter said so far, no one has brought a plan better than the loop project. APS board members said they’re green lighting the project with or without the council’s blessing.
     The superintendent of schools said he believes the city is playing politics with children’s safety, and are blocking the curb cut because of the upcoming election. Opponents of the proposed loop are concerned it would lower neighbors’ property values and create a safety hazard for children who walk home. More