ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If you don’t have to drive through Bernalillo – specifically through the U.S. 550/N.M. 528 intersection – this weekend, don’t.
Don’t get me wrong – the community is a nearly thousand-year-old gem along the Rio Grande, with everything from historic pueblo ruins and a campground to great places to shop, drink and eat (the original Range Cafe is there, for heaven’s sake). But a $24 million, two-year construction project on U.S. 550 – the main east-west route through town – combined with not one but three youth sports tournaments in the area promises another weekend of gridlock.
If you have to get to northwest Rio Rancho, the state highway department advises taking any river crossing but 550 through Bernalillo.
And with any luck, having those folks off 550 will make traffic bearable for those who have no alternative to driving 550 or through the 550/528 intersection.