ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Metro drivers can expect more traffic headaches this weekend.
You may have sat in traffic on I-40 near Carlisle last weekend and you might sit in it again, unless you take a different route.
More work is expected to shut down a good portion of the interstate once again. The work will begin in the area east of I-40 to Carlisle Boulevard as they continue bridge work.
Construction work on the bridge that crosses the freeway was set to wrap up last weekend, but due to weather, will be continued this weekend.
NMDOT officials say the material that they use, called apoxy overlay, is temperature sensitive, which is why they were unable to complete the project last weekend.
That means all three lanes both eastbound and westbound from the big eye to Carlisle Boulevard will be closed from Friday night through early Monday morning for crews to continue their work.
“Our crews are working right along cars traveling 55 to 60 miles per hour. They need that space to work within and to properly apply that material. Some of the actual equipment that they are using is quite large and they need that space to work within,” said Bernadette Bell with NMDOT.
The work for the project was estimated to take about seven days. NMDOT officials say they decided to spread out over three weekends so that it wouldn’t affect people going to work during the week.
Work will begin Friday night at 9 p.m. and continue through the weekend until all lanes open up Monday morning at 5 a.m.
Crews will also begin work on San Pedro Bridge in late May and will begin working on the Washington Bridge in June.