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More gridlock ahead

Commuters, expect more pain.

Additional lane closures for the Paseo del Norte/Interstate 25 interchange project are likely to cause additional delays for westbound commuters starting today.

The bottleneck essentially squeezes five lanes of traffic into two lanes as motorists on the northbound paseomap copyfrontage road merge with traffic on the northbound I-25 off-ramp, a New Mexico Department of Transportation spokeswoman said.

The lane closures are likely to create more headaches for afternoon rush-hour commuters trying to turn west on Paseo.

The closures are expected to remain in effect for several months, the agency said.

All northbound traffic will be funneled down to two lanes for about 100 feet before widening to four lanes just south of the intersection at Paseo del Norte.

Northbound traffic at Paseo will have two left-turn lanes, a right-turn lane and a through lane to allow motorists to remain on the frontage road.

The closures mark the most recent development in the $93 million project to rebuild the Paseo/I-25 interchange. The first lane closures took effect Oct. 15.

Earlier lane closures that remain in effect are:

• The outside lane of westbound Paseo from just east of I-25 west to the railroad tracks.

• The outside lane of eastbound Paseo from the southbound I-25 frontage road east to the entrance of the Lowe’s and Target stores.

• Jefferson is reduced to one lane in each direction just north of Paseo.