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Orange barrels arrive on Paseo del Norte, plan for delays

Paseo del Norte construction begins with orange barrels blocking far right lane heading west at I-25 on Tuesday morning.

Paseo del Norte construction begins with orange barrels blocking far right lane heading west at I-25 on Tuesday morning.

Copyright © 2013 Albuquerque Journal

Commuters will get their first taste of a 14-month-long bottleneck on Tuesday, when construction on the Paseo del Norte/Interstate 25 interchange begins in earnest.

Motorists can expect lane closures on Paseo del Norte, Jefferson NE and the Interstate 25 northbound off-ramp Tuesday, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced. The closure likely to cause the most disruption will shut the far left lane on the northbound I-25 off-ramp for motorists turning west onto Paseo del Norte. The closure will reduce the number of left-turn lanes from three to two.

Other closures are:

  • Westbound Paseo del Norte will be reduced from three lanes to two lanes from I-25 west to the railroad tracks. All three eastbound lanes will remain open.
  • Jefferson will be reduced to a single lane in each direction just north of Paseo del Norte.
  • The southbound I-25 frontage road will have various one-lane closures between Paseo Del Norte and Jefferson.

Workers expect to begin erecting barricades at 7 Monday, Oct. 14, and have them in place by 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Crews may be working both day and night shifts, transportation officials warn. They recommend that motorists allow extra time to reach their destinations and use caution in construction zones.

The $93 million project to rebuild the interchange officially broke ground last month, but the design-build team promised to delay construction until after the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta concluded on Sunday.

The design-build team chosen for the project includes Kiewit New Mexico Co., Bohannan Huston Inc., Terracon and Lee Engineering. Transportation officials estimate the project will conclude in late 2014 or early 2015.

The city of Albuquerque will pay more than half the tab with $50 million in gross-receipt tax revenue bonds approved by city voters last year. Bernalillo County voters approved $5 million in general obligation bonds for the project.

Other sources include $29.75 million from the state and $8.25 million from federal sources.


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