ALBUQUERQUE, 9-8-17 — Construction will move into Phase I on Sept. 11 on the I-25/Rio Bravo Interchange, which is being reconstructed as New Mexico’s first Offset Single Point Interchange to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow and safety. This phase, which is one of the major construction phases on the project, is anticipated to last through March 2018 and will include the following traffic impacts:
- Northbound I-25 traffic will be shifted to the right lane and shoulder throughout the construction zone;
- Southbound I-25 traffic will remain on the existing lanes north of Rio Bravo, be shifted to the inside lane and shoulder south of Rio Bravo, then be shifted back to the outside lane and shoulder farther south;
- Eastbound Rio Bravo traffic will be shifted to the south lanes west of Broadway, then shifted back to the existing lanes west of the South Diversion Channel;
- Westbound Rio Bravo traffic will be shifted to new temporary pavement in the median area; and
- Speed limits will be reduced in the construction zone.
The on and off ramps to and from I-25 will remain open during this phase. The multi-use path will remain closed from about 400 feet west of the intersection of Broadway and Rio Bravo for safety. Also, there is no access to Electric Avenue from southbound Broadway.
AUI, Inc. is the general contractor. Regular work hours will be 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday, although crews may work at night if needed.
Project officials cautioned motorists to expect delays, particularly during the first few days of the new traffic configuration as motorists get used to the changes. They also encouraged motorists to obey the speed limit in the construction zone, watch for signs and to use caution to protect the safety of construction workers.
The Offset Single Point Interchange, which is expected to be completed in 2019, will offer a number of benefits, including:
- Coordinated traffic signals along Rio Bravo from I-25 to Del Rio
- Expanded traffic capacity by increasing I-25 from four to six lanes at the interchange
- Improved safety by eliminating aging bridges and providing enhanced entrance and exit ramps from Rio Bravo to I-25
- Improved storm drainage
- A new multi-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists
The Project is estimated to cost approximately $55 million. More information is available at www.i25riobravo.com or by calling (505) 293-2000. Individuals can sign up for email updates at the website. All construction is weather permitting and subject to change without notice.
Emilee Cantrell – 505.469.8243 • Emilee.Cantrell2@state.nm.us
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