Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at 12:02am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If traveling through the Interstate 25 and Rio Bravo area is part of your daily routine, you may want to seek an alternate route for the next two years.
On Monday, Gov. Susanna Martinez broke ground on the construction of a new highway interchange at 1-25 and Rio Bravo. One of the hopes for the project is that it will help to solve congestion problems in the area.
“When the project is complete, there will be wider shoulders, more lanes and the railroad crossing will be rebuilt, as well,” she said. “When this project is complete, the intersection will, of course, be safer, and traffic will move more efficiently.”
Construction, for which AUI Inc. is the general contractor, will cost more than $55 million in federal and state funds. It is set to begin on Aug. 8 and last approximately 21 months.
Normal working hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, according to a news release. During the first phase of the project, which will last through early or mid-September, the following will be closed: the inside eastbound and westbound lanes of Rio Bravo from University to east of Chavez Loop Trail, the inside northbound and southbound lanes of Broadway near Rio Bravo, the northbound and southbound shoulders of 1-25 south of the interchange, and the multi-use path east of Chavez Loop Road.
Travel will remain normal on I-25.
Individuals will be able to use New Mexico Department of Transportation’s website – dot.state.nm.us – to keep up to date on lane closures and traffic in order to adjust their routes during the duration of the project, said Martinez.
Martinez also hopes the construction of the interchange, which is set to employ more than 100 workers, will promote economic development in the area. For example, Wagner Equipment Co., a dealer of Caterpillar products, will be developing a facility immediately southwest of the interchange.
A public meeting regarding the project will be held at the Mountain View Community Center on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Information regarding the interchange will be provided and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions. Those looking for more information can also visit i25riobravo.com