I-25 renovations could take years to update

Created: 07/11/2014 10:04 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

There is an on-ramp for I-25 in Albuquerque that a young woman says is so dangerous, she won't go anywhere near it.

Amanda Gaede says she has had a lot of close calls at the Gibson I-25 North on-ramp.  She says drivers have to go slow on the loop to get on the interstate, and then there are just a few feet until you are thrust into I-25 traffic.

"It's just horrible because you don't have time to get up to speed on there and it's prone for an accident," Gaede said.  

KOB Eyewitness News 4's Danielle Todesco took her concerns to the New Mexico Department of Transportation.  Phil Gallegos says they admit it's a problem, but he says there is no money to fix it.

"There is an issue there as far as eastbound to northbound movement.  You have that loop ramp with a kind of short merge and you have to realize that was the design back in the 60's when traffic was a lot less and there wasn't nearly as many people using that corridor," Gallegos said.

Gallegos says there is a traffic study planned for a stretch of I-25 that includes the Gibson on-ramp, but he says it could still be years before they have the funding to update it.

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