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Mayor Richard J. Berry announces three important happenings in the $93 million dollar Paseo del Norte I-25 reconstruction project

May 20, 2013

Albuquerque, NM— Today Mayor Richard J. Berry announces three important happenings in the $93 million dollar Paseo del Norte I-25 reconstruction project which the City is contributing $50 Million dollars toward: A business outreach meeting, distribution of the second draft request for proposal (RFP) to the three shortlisted design build companies, and a construction moratorium map to help with alternative routes of travel during the construction.

Mayor Berry along with representatives from the State of New Mexico DOT will be hosting the business outreach meeting on Tuesday, May 21st from 10 to Noon at the CNM Workforce Training Center on Eagle Rock Avenue. The purpose of this meeting is to begin the dialogue with local businesses in advance of the construction.

"Nearly 20% of our local workforce is concentrated in this area," Mayor Berry said. "We want businesses to know we’re in this together, and we want to work with them to minimize the impact of construction. The meeting will include information on the construction project and ideas for businesses during construction."

The second draft RFP is essentially a more refined version of the first RFP which will allow the three companies to prepare their best proposals and presentation by early July on the 30% design plans for the roadway.

"We’re excited to see local companies bidding on this job," Mayor Berry said. "Companies who use local workers put dollars back into our economy, and that’s good business for all New Mexicans. This is where and how I want our $50 million dollar investment to be utilized."

Finally, Mayor Berry unveiled a construction moratorium map of the City of Albuquerque.

"I have directed Michael Riordan and the Department of Municipal Development to limit any construction on other primary roadways in the area of the Paseo/ I 25 project until it is complete," Mayor Berry said. "Nearly 154,000 vehicles travel through the Paseo/I 25 intersection every day. We need these other roads to be clear to handle the expected increase of volume when construction starts."

"If emergency construction needs to happen within the moratorium limits, Department of Municipal Development Construction Services will be keeping a close eye on those contractors doing the emergency work," DMD Director Michael Riordan said. "We will do everything we can to minimize the impact to the travelling public during construction."

The Paseo/I 25 reconstruction project will reduce traffic congestion and improve safety and air quality in one of New Mexico's busiest transportation corridors. Construction is expected to begin this fall, and last about two years.

More information can be found at www.paseoI25.com
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