ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The state of New Mexico has announced a new, month-long closure on the Paseo project. There’s a push to get much of the state’s biggest construction project finished in time for New Mexico’s biggest festival, the Balloon Fiesta.
Drivers are now accustomed to new closures popping up around this project, but New Mexico Department of Transportation officials say they’re getting a lot done.
NMDOT announced Aug. 29 that traffic access westbound from Paseo to Jefferson would be closed for a month, however, traffic is still moving freely in that area.
Officials say construction crews were pouring concrete for bridge columns and there were technical issues which forced them to postpone the closure.
Right now, crews are about 65 percent finished with the Paseo project.
NMDOT hopes to have the area open before the start of the Balloon Fiesta on Oct. 4. The international event draws thousands of jam-packed drivers to Balloon Fiesta Park every year.
“If we can get I-25 at full capacity, get access at Jefferson by then as well, I think everything will go pretty smoothly and there should be minimal impacts to Balloon Fiesta,” says Phil Gallegos of NMDOT.
Paseo westbound is open, but this week, drivers will not be able to access Jefferson from westbound Paseo. The construction zone there is tight and NMDOT officials advise drivers to pay attention, keep an eye out for changes and stay off cellphones.
NMDOT officials will meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss what drivers can expect to change and when.
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