The Paseo del Norte and I-25 Interchange Improvements have been a high priority for the City of Albuquerque and the Metropolitan Area for many years. Councilor Lewis is pleased to announce that the long awaited construction should begin in the Fall of 2013. Traffic engineers and consultants will work to ensure that minimal disruption is experienced during the construction period.
The Paseo del Norte / I-25 Interchange project would 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 I-25 and to connect existing paths to the area;
- Improved freeway access for traffic originating from the area east of the Paseo del Norte / I-25 interchange; and
- I-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
- Fall 2013 Construction begins
- Fall 2015 Construction completed
Planning and Legislative Action by Councilor Dan Lewis
- At the City Council meeting on September 5, 2012, Councilor Lewis, after sponsoring a clarifying amendment, then supported O-12-33 to comply with state election laws to satisfy the Attorney General and clear the way for a clean ballot question on the November 6th election.
- When it looked like the City was not going to be able to put the question on the November 6th ballot due to an opinion written by the State Attorney General office, Councilor Lewis co-sponsored O-12-29 which would have mirrored the efforts of O-12-17 and would have appropriated the $50 million outright, without going to the voters. The City then determined that they were still able to legally put the question on the November 6th ballot. This second resolution was withdrawn because none of the 3 dissenting Councilors had changed their vote, and all of them were already on the record against the bill by voting against the identical bill O-12-17.
- On May 21, 2012 Councilor Lewis co-sponsored R-12-45 which was a bill that passed unanimously to put the funding proposal for Paseo / I-25 on the ballot.
- On March 26, 2012 Councilor Lewis co-sponsored O-12-17 which would have appropriated $50 million outright to Paseo del Norte and I-25. It required 7 votes to pass and lost on a 6-3 vote.
- During the 2012 State Legislative Session Councilor Lewis worked with the State Legislature and Governor Martinez to appropriate $29 million in the 2012 Capital Outlay towards this project.
- Councilor Lewis worked with Albuquerque area State Representatives and State Senators including Representative Tim Lewis who sponsored and unanimously passed a House Memorial that identified the project as a statewide priority and called for all municipalities to work together to fund the construction.
- On October 17, 2011 Councilor Lewis co-sponsored R-11-296 which reserved $3,000,000 within the sales tax refunding debt service fund to provide bonding capacity for the City's cash match for Paseo Del Norte/I-25 interchange improvements.
- On August 1, 2011, when bill R-11-253 was introduced with a list of projects identified as a priority for the Mayor’s ABQ ThePlan, Councilor Lewis expressed great concern that Paseo and I-25 was not listed as one of the projects to be included in the $50 million appropriations. Councilor Lewis fought to make sure the project was included.
- While on the MTB, Councilor Lewis created a task force through R-11-11 MTB where elected officials from all levels of government worked to prioritize Federal, State, County and City funding for the Paseo / I-25 project and investigate potential funding sources.
- Councilor Lewis has served on the Metropolitan Transportation Board (MTB) since the beginning of his term on City Council. This board, within the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), sets policy for transportation issues in the urban area.
- On August 16, 2010 Councilor Lewis sponsored an amendment to R-10-87 which put any Transportation Infrastructure Tax dollars above and beyond the projected revenue towards Paseo del Norte and I-25 interchange project. This bill also made this interchange a #1 priority for the City.
- Councilor Lewis expressed great concern and argued against R-10-86 on June 7, 2010 that took $20 million away from the Paseo Del Norte / I-25 interchange project. The bill passed and Mayor Berry signed it.
- Throughout 2010, Councilor Lewis scheduled various meetings with elected officials and department leaders at the Mid-Region Council of Governments, New Mexico Department of Transportation, Bernalillo County, and the City of Albuquerque to discuss this project and bring it to the forefront of every discussion.
- In 2009 Councilor Lewis ran for the District 5 City Council seat on hearing the concerns of frustrated commuters and west side residents. He committed to come up with a plan to prioritize, fund and build the Paseo Del Norte and I-25 interchange.