ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- There are big changes in store soon for the state’s biggest construction project.
After months of work, parts of Paseo Del Norte are finally opening, beginning with the completion of a bridge over Jefferson and an off-ramp.
“See how they’ve already started paving on the eastbound lanes up top there?” New Mexico Department of Transportation Spokesperson Phil Gallegos said.
Soon, eastbound traffic won’t have to stop at Jefferson. Instead, drivers will go directly over it.
“That’s a big switch for a lot of people. They can look forward to seeing that probably early next week, if not Monday,” said Gallegos.
Completion of westbound Paseo at Jefferson is still a ways off.
Gallegos hopes by Monday the off-ramp for Paseo drivers headed east will also be done, giving drivers direct access to Jefferson.
He said completion of other improvements, like the big I-25 to Paseo flyover, is also a ways away. He’s estimating at least three months for that.
“The support columns are already being formed and going up, you can see the actual alignment of the flyover bridge from northbound to westbound. You can actually visualize where those girders are going to be hung, where the bridge will be and where traffic will eventually be using that ramp to access westside of Albuquerque so, that’s kind of exciting,” explained Gallegos.
Gallegos said they’re also making progress on the highway with new on and off ramps. He said construction is like a giant puzzle they’re slowly piecing together.
“We’re making some changes to the Frontage road and interstate system, some extra lanes, some paving, we’re widening bridges at San Antonio, we’re doing stuff throughout the whole project,” said Gallegos.
In order to meet those Jefferson deadlines, drivers will see closures between Second Street and Jefferson this weekend. All completion dates can change depending on the circumstances, like weather.
Gallegos said they’re still on track to complete the Paseo project by mid-December.