Albuquerque transit fight 1 of many Route 66 disputes

Posted at 7:09 AM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 08:09:36-04

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The fight over Albuquerque's plans for building a rapid transit route along a stretch of historic Route 66 is one of many Mother Road disputes.

A group in St. Louis is trying to save the famed Route 66 Warren Truss Bridge from demolition and other cities in California have seen protests against efforts to bulldoze highway landmarks.

The tension comes as planners struggle over how to revitalize areas along the 2,500-mile path.

In Albuquerque, a proposed $119-million project backed by Mayor Richard Berry would build a system of express buses and canopy-covered stations on a stretch of Route 66.

But the plan is meeting resistance for business owners who say construction would spark traffic congestion.

Decommissioned as a U.S. highway in 1985, Route 66 goes through eight states.