Paseo del Norte & Interstate 25 Interchange Improvements
The Paseo del Norte and Interstate 25 Interchange improvements have been a high priority for the City of Albuquerque and the Metropolitan Area for many years.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation is overseeing this project.
Dec. 15, 2014: The Paseo del Norte and Interstate 25 Interchange was completed ahead of schedule and opened to the community in mid-December 2014. More than 500,000 man hours occurring 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 250 sets of design plans, and $93 million went into the project. Fewer traffic signals and new overpasses allow for continuous flow of the 154,000 drivers per day that travel through the interchange. The saved travel time is estimated to be about one hour per week or about two days per year for the average driver. Project officials and workers thank the community for its patience during the construction.
The Paseo del Norte / Interstate 25 Interchange project will include six main improvements:
- A free-flow ramp to improve the eastbound-to-southbound traffic movement in the morning during peak travel time;
- A flyover ramp to improve the northbound-to-westbound traffic movement in the afternoon during peak travel time;
- Reconfigure the Jefferson Street and Paseo del Norte intersection to improve east-west traffic flow while maintaining local access;
- Bicycle and pedestrian improvements to provide a critical bike system link across Interstate 25 and to connect existing paths to the area;
- Improved freeway access for traffic originating from the area east of the Paseo del Norte / Interstate 25 interchange; and
- Interstate 25 mainline improvements between the Alameda Boulevard and Jefferson Street interchanges for safety and traffic flow
Anticipated Construction Timeline
- February 2013 - Short list of potential Design-Build Contractors announced
- March 2013 - Final request for proposals issued
- June 2013 - Responses due to request for proposals
- July 2013 - Selection of Design-Build Contractor announced and contract negotiations begin
- October 2013 - Construction began
- December 2014 - Construction completed