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East Amole Surge Pond

The East Amole Surge Pond Project brought three local governments together which resulted in the saving of taxpayer monies, rapid construction, and less traffic congestion. 

In April 2007 The AMAFCA Board of Directors authorized staff to draft a cost sharing agreement with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, SunCal and Cordero Mesa to fund, design and construct the drainage improvements along the north side of I-40 between Paseo del Volcan and Unser Boulevard.  This agreement resulted in the need to construct a surge pond that would require 600,000 cubic yards of material to be excavated and removed from the site located at the top of 9 Mile Hill, the East Amole Surge Pond.

 

One year later, AMAFCA and Bernalillo County entered into a cost share agreement to place excess material from the East Amole Surge Pond on the closed Nine Mile Hill landfill owned by Bernalillo County.  The landfill had been closed for many years and the earthen cover had deteriorated to a point that additional fill was needed to provide positive drainage and eliminate ponding. This would require at least 200,000 cubic yards of material or more. 

In April 2010 the AMAFCA Board of Directors approved a cost sharing agreement with the City of Albuquerque to haul excess earth fill from the East Amole Surge Pond Project to the Unser Boulevard Extension Project. The idea was to place 142,500 cubic yards of material on the Unser Extension Project and stockpile 70,000 cubic yards on City right of way for the City’s future use on other phases of the Unser Project.

By working together, AMAFCA, Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque were using excess material from one project on two other projects.  This resulted in the hauling and placing of fill material that saved the City time and money on the construction of the Unser Extension, saved the County money on the cost of purchasing and hauling material, and also saved AMAFCA money by exporting the material to other public works projects, therefore not having to pay to dispose of the material.

It was in the public interest to move excess clean fill material that was a byproduct of the construction of the East Amole Surge Pond, to the other projects.  AMAFCA moved approximately 212,000 cubic yards of fill to the Unser Boulevard Extension with the balance of the material, 388,000 cubic yards, being placed on the Bernalillo County landfill.

By working together, AMAFCA, Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque have designed and constructed a project with the full and complete understanding of the environmental, social and economic impacts, with a priority to return tax dollars to the taxpayers by providing the greatest benefit to all residents of Albuquerque no matter the jurisdiction. 

Photos, from top to bottom:

  1. Beginning excavation of the East Amole Surge Pond, North of I-40.
  2. The finished East Amole Surge Pond. Over 600,000 cubic yards of material removed.
  3. Fill being placed along the new Unser roadway.
  4. Finished fill on old landfill.
  5. Finished fill on old landfill.

 

 

 

 

 

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