ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s been almost 12 years since the Louisiana and Interstate 40 interchange was revamped and completed. At the time, Albuquerque drivers thought they had seen the last of driving headaches in that area, but with the opening of new retail shops since 2004, traffic has increased dramatically.
Bernadette Bell, spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Transportation District 3 said in that area, Louisiana Boulevard has nearly 45,000 cars travel through there on an average weekday. The latest round of construction on the interchange started in January of this year. The biggest addition has been a third lane from the east bound I-40 off ramp to north bound Louisiana Boulevard.
“So right now, this is what we can do to this area, is to add that additional left turn lane and we feel confident that it will help increase traffic flow,” said Bell.
Bell also adds that the ramp is scheduled to re-open to traffic at midnight on Friday, April 29. However, the next phase of construction will prevent drivers using that off ramp to turn south on Louisiana Boulevard. The Department of Transportation said that is because all of the southbound lanes of Louisiana will be closed from north of the bridge to Constitution. That round of the construction should last about 15 days, again depending on the weather.
The Department of Transportation estimates that the entire project should be wrapped up in the early or middle part of June.