- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Just one day into construction for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project, drivers are already frustrated with traffic it is creating.

During evening rush hour Tuesday traffic on Central Avenue near the University of New Mexico was backed up and crawling along.

A city spokesman said Tuesday that the back-up is to be expected in the first few weeks of heavy construction.

Pre-construction work began over the summer, but full construction began this week along 9 miles of Central Ave.

Rapid Transit spokeswoman Joannie Griffin says the traffic isn’t ideal, but that drivers should figure how to avoid the area as construction progresses.

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