$100M I-25 project aims to ease bottlenecks

Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque Journal

A $100 million construction project slated to start in 2023 is intended to eliminate traffic bottlenecks and enhance bicycle and pedestrian facilities on Interstate 25 between Montgomery and Comanche in Albuquerque.

“We are looking to improve safety and reduce congestion to keep Albuquerque moving for years to come,” said Jill Mosher, district three assistant engineer for the New Mexico Department of Transportation. The work, funded with state and federal money, will involve improvements on the freeway, frontage roads and interchanges.

To learn more about the project, the public can join an online meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, or make reservations to attend an in-person meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting link will be posted on i25improved.com on the day of the online meeting. To make reservations for the in-person meeting, call 505-785-7623.

Mosher said the project will start in the late spring or early summer of 2023 and will continue for about two years.

“We develop the conceptual plans, set the framework and advertise with the construction community,” she said. “It allows a construction team to do innovation, so the time could be shortened to less than two years.”

Mosher said there is a bottleneck now at the Montgomery/I-25 interchange, but the project is designed to improve traffic efficiency at both the Montgomery and Comanche interchanges.

“There will be traffic impacts during construction to try to get a better product for the long term,” she said. “But (the contractor) will need to maintain open lanes in both directions at all times.”

Mosher said access to businesses may be affected during the work.

“We are working to minimize any shutdowns,” she said. ” We may be doing closures overnight. We don’t want to completely shut down access.”

Mosher said this project will complete the “last piece of the puzzle” on north I-25. She said the next project is set for 2027 at I-25 and Gibson.

The public is invited to comment on the Montgomery/Comanche project through Aug. 27. Go to i25improved.com and click on “comments” or contact the project team at 505-785-7623.

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