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Big push on Paseo/I-25 project before Balloon Fiesta

The massive flyover from northbound Interstate 25 to westbound Paseo del Norte is taking shape. When completed, it will allow motorists to head west without having to stop at any traffic signals. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)
The massive flyover from northbound Interstate 25 to westbound Paseo del Norte is taking shape. When completed, it will allow motorists to head west without having to stop at any traffic signals. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)
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Crews rebuilding the Paseo del Norte/Interstate 25 interchange hope to make substantial progress this month to minimize impact on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which begins Oct. 4, transportation officials said.

The $93 million project is about 60 percent done, with completion expected by December. Work continues on the flyover from northbound I-25 to westbound Paseo, but officials had no estimate on when it will be finished.

At the I-25/San Antonio interchange, both the northbound I-25 on-ramp and off-ramp just south of San Antonio are open, although some lanes remain closed.

Workers also have extended El Pueblo NE south to Tiburon and connected the two streets, allowing drivers on El Pueblo to access Journal Center without driving on Jefferson.

  • A painter, center, works between the girders for the I-25 to westbound Paseo del Norte flyover. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

  • The massive flyover from northbound Interstate 25 to westbound Paseo del Norte is taking shape. When completed, it will allow motorists to head west without having to stop at any traffic signals. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

  • Westbound Paseo del Norte traffic between I-25 and Second Street will be moved from the existing roadway, left, to the new Jefferson overpass, center, this week, allowing no westbound access to Jefferson for 30 to 45 days. Photographed on Monday, Sept. 1. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

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