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Water utility work to affect major intersection

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Water valve work will affect a major Northeast Albuquerque intersection for three weeks, shutting down westbound Montgomery in the area, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority says in an advisory.

Two water valves are being replaced below Montgomery and Juan Tabo: a leaking valve on a 30-inch transmission line and a broken valve on a nearby 16-inch waterline, according to a water authority news release.

The $300,000 project is scheduled to start Monday and last until about Feb. 4.

“Early construction activity is expected to be intermittent as crews take measurements and await the arrival of manufactured components,” the water authority said. “Crews will work extended hours as needed to ensure the project is completed as quickly as possible.”

During the construction:

⋄  Westbound Montgomery will be closed at Juan Tabo. Westbound traffic will be able to turn only north or south on to Juan Tabo.

⋄  Northbound traffic on Juan Tabo will not be able to turn left onto Montgomery.

⋄  Southbound traffic on Juan Tabo will not be able to turn right onto Montgomery.

⋄  Eastbound traffic on Montgomery will be reduced to two lanes and will not be allowed to turn left onto Juan Tabo.

Drivers are still advised to avoid the intersection, if possible, during construction. The water authority is notifying Eldorado High School administrators, as well as area residents and businesses, about the traffic restrictions.

No interruptions to water service are expected, but the utility will try to notify customers in advance if service interruptions are necessary.