News Release

Dec. 4, 2015
PNM to begin work on lines and poles along Central Ave. to prepare for Albuquerque Rapid Transit System

City Requests PNM move infrastructure located in municipal right of way


Albuquerque: PNM crews will begin work on Tuesday, Dec. 8 to remove and replace poles and power lines along a stretch of Central Avenue through Albuquerque.  The work is being done at the direction of the City as part the City's drive to modernize transit and support economic development.  PNM is required to do this since the electric infrastructure is located in municipal right of way.  The project is necessary to accommodate the construction in preparation of the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project. The City currently plans to begin road construction along the route in March 2016.

"We are working diligently to minimize the disruption to residents and to complete the work as quickly as possible," said Vice President of PNM New Mexico Operations Aubrey Johnson. "We are doing our part to support the economy, while making safety a priority and ensuring the lights stay on in nearby homes and businesses."

Construction has been organized into five segments stretching between Coors Boulevard and Louisiana Avenue and will begin December 8th, 2015. PNM crews will barricade a small stretch of one lane between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to do this work, opening the street lanes at 3 p.m. in time for rush hour traffic each afternoon.  The project includes removing and replacing electric poles with newer, taller poles. PNM will work closely with customers to plan any necessary outages to reduce potential interruptions in service. Funding for this work has been incorporated into PNM's normal capital investment process.

"Safety includes strong communication," said Aubrey Johnson. "A PNM team is going door-to-door to meet with customers located on Central, starting between Coors Boulevard and 60th. We are reaching out directly to customers to safeguard against many of the frustrations that come along with replacing and removing electric poles and lines."

For more information about the Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction project, please reach out to the City of Albuquerque ABQ Ride Office at (505) 724-3146.

With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving more than 500,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state. PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque. For more information, visit