ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There’s another big closure for the Paseo/I-25 interchange construction project this weekend, but the state Department of Transportation says there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
More than a year after work began, the massive interchange construction project is coming to the end of the road. It’s welcome news for drivers who have braved the construction zone, and for nearby shops that have taken a hit to business.
This weekend crews will be installing a new pedestrian bridge over I-25. The bridge will be separate from the road and feature a walkway and a path for cyclists. The path’s installation means I-25 at Paseo will be closed in both directions, possibly until Monday morning.
“If you can go around it, of course, that’s probably the preferable alternative, but it should not be horrible,” NMDOT spokesperson Phil Gallegos said.
This isn’t the end of the closures. As of the end of October, the state DOT said work was 85-percent completed. Still, reps say crews are on track for the December 20th completion date.
“We expect to hit the completion date without a problem. There may be some weather-related, temperature-related issues that we’ll have to come back in and touch up in the spring. Not a big deal,” Gallegos said.
The DOT expects westbound Paseo with access to Jefferson will open next weekend, and that the big flyover from northbound I-25 to westbound Paseo should be good to go by the second week of December.