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Landscape Work on Paseo Del Norte & I-25 Begins

Landscaping inspired by hot air balloons.

June 20, 2017

Albuquerque, NM- Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry kicked off construction of the landscaping at Paseo Del Norte at Interstate 25 today.

“The City took the lead on getting this intersection reconstructed, and now this landscape project will wrap things up,” said Mayor Berry. “This high profile intersection will now have a vibrant hot air balloon-like landscaping to compliment the roadways and flyovers that serve the northern gateway into Albuquerque.”

With cooperation with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), the project will add approximately 120 trees and more than 900 shrubs in the 10 acre area. With the proximity to Balloon Fiesta Park, the decorative rock mulch designs are inspired by the dynamic patterns of hot air balloons.

"The New Mexico Department of Transportation is pleased to have partnered with the City of Albuquerque to support the beautification of this area," said NMDOT District Three Engineer Kenneth Murphy.​

“The tens of thousands of drivers and the hundreds of employees in the area who pass through this intersection all know how important this project was to Mayor Berry and the City of Albuquerque,” said Chief Operations Officer Michael Riordan. “Now, they’ll be able to enjoy the landscaping which caps off this project.”

The $2.4 million landscape project was designed by local firm MRWM Landscape Architects. MRWM has designed many of the City’s interstate landscapes, and more than 70 miles of medians. Construction is being done by Lee Landscapes, a local firm known for their landscape work across Albuquerque. Work is expected to be complete in early Fall.