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APS Moving Portables Around City

District asks for patience from drivers

June 4, 2009

Albuquerque Public Schools will be moving about 80 classroom portable buildings from one site to another all over the district during the next 45 days. The summer project may cause a traffic slowdown as portables are moved down the road, and drivers are being asked for patience as well as awareness.

Between transporting portables and summer road construction projects, APS and the New Mexico Department of Transportation are asking that drivers understand the necessity of these projects during the summertime and to please be patient when they are asked to slow down or see temporarily blocked roads.

NMDOT is working with APS to allow moves seven days a week. Previously, no moves were done on Sundays. Moving may be allowed during evening hours as well, which will be determined on a case-by-case basis. APS must obtain a separate permit from NMDOT for each move.

“It is necessary to block roads while portables are being moved on and off the roads,” said Karen Alarid, director of APS Facilities Design and Construction. “We appreciate the public’s understanding while the district takes care of this annual project.”

APS moves its portables—one- and two-classroom units—to school sites based on enrollment. Last year, 200 portables were moved during the summer. The district owns 1,300 portables.

Every child has a right to a quality public education and APS is committed to providing that education. For more information about Albuquerque Public Schools, visit www.aps.edu

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