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Paseo project wins fed approvals

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The $93 million plan to overhaul the Paseo del Norte and I-25 interchange has won two key approvals from the Federal Highway Administration.

Federal officials determined that the project won’t have to undergo an environmental assessment because it won’t disturb natural resources, among other criteria. They also approved a request to change access points to the interstate, which is necessary because crews will build new on-ramps and make other improvements.

Construction could begin this fall, with completion about two years after that.

“I’m pleased that we are moving forward, because this project will bring a number of economic and environmental benefits to central New Mexico,” Gov. Susana Martinez said in a written statement. “I know everyone is anxious for construction to begin, but I also want to applaud the design team for planning to reconstruct this interchange so that I-25, Paseo Del Norte and Jefferson are as safe and efficient as possible.”

I did a bigger rundown of the Paseo project last year, with a look at how the improvements would work and whatnot.