What is the purpose of the project?
The purposes of the project are to:
- Remove the physical deficiencies that are present in the existing interchange,
- Increase the traffic capacity of the interchange,
- Improve the safety characteristics of the interchange by addressing the physical deficiencies and capacity constraints, and
- Close the gap in the multi-modal transportation system by connecting the existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities located west and east of the interchange.
What is taking place on this project now?
Construction began on August 8, 2017 and is expected to last about two years. The interchange is expected to be fully open to the public by 2019.
What are the anticipated traffic impacts?
There will be lane restrictions on Broadway, Rio Bravo and on I-25 north and south of the Rio Bravo/I-25 interchange. During the day, the contractor will keep two lanes open in each direction on I-25 and one lane open in each direction on Rio Bravo. If night work is required, the contractor may restrict access on I-25 to one lane in each direction and may close Rio Bravo at the interchange if bridge demolition is required. Advance notice will be provided on scheduled night work.
Why isn’t construction being done at night?
The contractor is working seven days a week from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. to complete this project as quickly as possible, with occasional night work if needed. If the contractor was working only at night, the project would take much longer to complete. Also, research has shown that working during daylight hours is more productive.
Why do the barricades have to stay up when the contractor isn’t working?
Once barricades are in place, it is safer to leave them in place so that motorists can get used to traffic impacts and plan accordingly. Putting barricades out and taking them up again when the contractor isn’t working can cause confusion, create safety hazards and ultimately lead to more accidents.
A lot of people attend concerts at the Isleta Amphitheater. How are you coordinating with them?
We met with Amphitheater operations staff at the beginning of the project and provided a detour map they could distribute to everyone involved. We will update that map as needed as phases and traffic impacts change.
Why are you building this now, when the City of Albuquerque’s ART (Albuquerque Rapid Transit) Project is still going on?
Planning for this project began in 2014, but area residents and businesses had expressed concerns about traffic congestion and safety for many years prior. Design was finalized last year, funding was assembled and we believed it was not fair to make residents and businesses wait any longer. Also, it is our understanding that ART will be completed in late 2017 or early 2018, so the majority of the project will be built after it is finished.
Are you going to adjust timing of traffic signals in response to traffic impacts?
We will monitor traffic conditions and will work with Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque to adjust traffic signals as needed.
How can I ask a question or make a comment?
You can fill out the contact form on this website.
Is this project funded for construction?
Yes, the grand total project budget is $52.5 Million, with construction funds programmed for 2017 and 2018. Approximately 82% of these funds are Federal; approximately 18% are State. This project is one of Governor Martinez’s top priority transportation projects statewide.
Where can I get updated information on construction?
You can sign up for updates on this website or call 505-245-3134 or 505-245-3138.