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Governor Susana Martinez and Mayor Richard J. Berry Break Ground on Major Interchange Project

Martinez says Paseo del Norte/I-25 Reconstruction Will Greatly Reduce Traffic Congestion

August 5, 2013

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez and Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry today led the ground breaking for the Paseo del Norte/Interstate 25 interchange construction project, saying this project will help relieve congestion in one of the busiest intersections in the state.  

"The work to get to this project to this point took the cooperation of elected officials and the State, City, and County working together to complete the funding. I particularly appreciate Mayor Berry’s leadership and tenacity to get us to where we are today," Governor Martinez said. "As we prepare to enter the construction phase, we have assembled an incredible team of engineers, contractors and committed professionals who will work together to make the new interchange a reality."  

The $93 Million comes from $50 Million in City bonds, $29.75M in State funding passed by the Legislature and administered though the Department of Transportation, $8.25 from Federal funds administered by the Mid Region Council of Governments, and $5 Million of bonds from Bernalillo County. 

"This project has been a major focus of mine since being elected in 2009, and I want to thank the tax payers for their overwhelming support in approving our bonds," Mayor Berry said.  "This project will not only contribute to our local economy over the next 18 months, but with a more streamlined Paseo Del Norte/I-25 interchange, we can attract more jobs to this very important corridor."

The project will address the following issues in the corridor:

1.     A two-lane free-flow ramp to improve the eastbound-to-southbound traffic movement in the morning peak travel time.

2.     A two-lane flyover ramp to improve the northbound-to-westbound traffic movement in the evening peak travel time.

3.     An overpass at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Paseo Del Norte to improve east-west access and local traffic flow.

4.     Bicycle and pedestrian improvements to provide a critical link across I-25 and connect existing paths in the area.

5.     Improved freeway access for traffic originating from the area east of the Paseo Del Norte/I-25 interchange.

6.     I-25 mainline improvements between the Alameda Boulevard and Jefferson Street interchanges to improve safety and traffic flow.

Kiewit New Mexico/Bohannan Huston Inc./Terracon, the winning design-build team has indicated a construction timeframe of 14 to 16 months.  While work is starting before the Balloon Fiesta, it will not include any road closure that will impact this year’s fiesta.

To keep up-to-date on the project, including the ability to view live traffic cameras in the construction project online, people can visit www.paseoi25.com.

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