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West I-40 Diversion Channel Phase IV is Completed

The seven mile diversion facility intercepts and diverts flood flows along north side of I-40

The West I-40 Diversion Channel Phase IV Project completes the final portion of the West I-40 Diversion, which intercepts and diverts flood flows along the north side of Interstate 40 from the top of Nine Mile Hill to the Rio Grande, a seven-mile diversion facility. This last phase not only results in an important drainage facility, but also includes a unique Volcano water quality feature, which serves as part of the El Pedergal (“The Stoney Place”) enhancement facilities for travelers and visitors driving into and out of the City of Albuquerque.

Details of the project include: trenching of over 4000 ft of channel, laying 6000 ft of multi-use trail, the use of reclaimed rocks and boulders from the existing area for the Volcano and other features, and construction of one water quality “volcano” at a cost of $4.1 million cost (AMAFCA-$3,485,000; City of Albuquerque-$615,000). For more information visit this AMAFCA webpage.