Work on a long-planned project to ease congestion on a stretch of U.S. 550 through the town of Bernalillo between N.M. 313 and N.M. 528 is slated to begin this fall.
The section of U.S. 550 through Bernalillo provides critical freeway access for residents of Rio Rancho and Corrales who commute to jobs in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and for residential, commercial and industrial traffic from the Four Corners area.
A previous project that began in 2013 reconfigured the Interstate 25/N.M. 165 interchange and widened U.S. 550 from that point westward as far as N.M. 313. The long-term goal was to continue widening the highway and adding improvements for the remaining section west to the intersection with N.M. 528.