Highway money cleans up

Posted at: 06/23/2013 6:21 PM
Updated at: 06/23/2013 7:29 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

On Monday night, Albuquerque’s city council will address a proposal to accept $300,000 from the state’s Highway and Transportation Department to aid in keeping freeways clean.

Officials say clean freeways are about more than just aesthetics; they’re also a safety issue.

A recent AAA study showed that nationwide, there are 25,000 accidents and around 80 deaths a year as a result of litter and debris on roadways.

New Mexico’s “Toss No Mas” campaign says the state’s done a better job of clean-up over the past couple of years, but it all takes time and money.

The state’s $300,000 in cash, plus the city’s $350,000 share, would go to make that happen.

One driver said this is more important than ever in times of high fire danger.

“You’ll cut down on fires, that’s a start,” driver Tim Nixon said, “because [otherwise] you’re gonna get broken glass out there, it’s gonna reflect on paper and trash, and it’s gonna catch fire.”

If the city doesn’t vote to take the state’s cash, Albuquerque would have to be placed on a different maintenance schedule.

That would mean the city would have less control over when certain areas of freeway are cleaned up.

The meeting starts 5:00 Monday night in city council chambers.