Paseo Del Norte, I-25 construction ramps up

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The massive Paseo Del Norte and Interstate 25 interchange project is ramping up. The project manager says construction should hit its peak within the next few weeks and it will carry on at that level for the next three to four months.

Crews are currently working day and night shifts, six days a week, and construction is more than 25 percent complete. Already crews have brought in 175 tons of rebar, poured 7,000 yards of concrete, and laid 16,000 tons of asphalt.

“There’s going to be a lot of new lane configurations, a lot of new work opening up,” Kiewit Project Manager Jim Thomsen said Wednesday. “We just caution all drivers as they come through the work zone to pay attention.”

Thomsen says the new northbound I-25 off-ramp at San Antonio will open at the end of May, and the new on-ramp at San Mateo should be complete by the end of June.

While commuters have dealt with a bottleneck for more than a month, Thomsen says the eastbound lanes of the Paseo bridge over Jefferson will open up before July.

Thomsen says all of this work is in preparation for a huge chunk of construction, the flyover from northbound I-25 to Paseo westbound.

“It’s a 1300 foot curved bridge over I-25 and Paseo,” Thomsen said. “Unfortunately, in order to start that work, a lot of our permanent work needs to be in place.”

As construction ramps up, hiring is also picking up. Kiewit is expected to have 200 construction workers on the company’s payroll by mid-April.

The $93 million project should be completed in December 2014.

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