Major Paseo closure opens early

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — It was suppose to be a total closure this weekend for one of the most crucial pieces of Paseo del Norte, but officials have announced that the busy stretch will open early.

Saturday night, crews shut down the roadway near I-25 in order to start on a big road re-alignment project that’s needed in order for crews to be able to finish the massive interchange rebuild.

Crews  keept about a two mile section of Paseo del Norte closed between Jefferson Street on the east-side and 2nd Street NW through Sunday morning. For drivers in north Albuquerque wanting to head west, Paseo del Norte basically did not exist. No cars were allowed on the stretch at all.

“We’ve been telling people, kind of try to avoid the area, if you can,” said Sally Reeves, project engineer for the Paseo I-25 interchange project.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation says work was needed near the intersection of Paseo and Jefferson.

Within an hour of the closure, one driver already caused a problem, hitting a construction worker and knocking him to the ground. KRQE News 13 spoke to the worker on Saturday night, who said he was “OK” but was going to be taken to the hospital to get checked out.

Officials say crews were able to complete placement of wall barrier and restripe roadway for a new lane configuration on Paseo Del Norte near Jefferson ahead of schedule.

NMDOT says crews are still on track to finish the entire Paseo del Norte rebuild project by the end of 2014.

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