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Road, utility work means detours in ABQ area

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Some Albuquerque-area drivers will likely run into detours starting this week as state and locals officials are advising of a few new projects.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation says motorists can expect disruptions from Monday through Friday, with daily off-ramp closures from eastbound Interstate 40 to southbound 98th Street and right-lane restrictions on southbound 98th.

“Work is being performed for commercial development and intersection improvements at Avalon and 98th Street,” the DOT said in a news release.

The agency also alerts drivers that from Monday through July 24, the southbound Interstate 25 frontage road between Martin Luther King and Central will be fully closed due to utility line work that requires “continuous open excavations.”

Meanwhile, the Village of Los Ranchos reports that utility improvement work will force the closure of Rio Grande Boulevard at 4920 Rio Grande NW – in front of the driveway to the Agri-Nature Center – with a planned detour between Rio Grande Lane and Rio Grande Place. Work is scheduled for Monday through July 10.

A village official reports that Los Ranchos has been awarded funding for utility improvements that will include the installation of water, sewer and fire suppression infrastructure.

The water and sewer lines are in the roadway of Rio Grande NW directly in front of the Agri-Nature Center driveway.

“A detailed traffic control plan will divert thru-traffic beginning at El Pueblo Road north of the project area and Griegos Road south of the project area,” the village said. “Business access will be maintained the duration of the closure.”

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