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I-40 construction proves to be hazardous

Megan Abundis
December 10, 2018 04:33 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Construction on I-40 is underway.

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The construction is part of New Mexico Department of Transportation's $9 million plan to replace portions of concrete on I-40, both east and westbound.

But the problem is that some drivers worry the project itself, puts them in danger.

Timothy Jones takes the Rio Grande on-ramp westbound nearly every day, as do hundreds of other drivers.

But now he said construction is a problem.

"Well it is extremely hard to get on to the freeway," Jones said.

"Traffic, traffic, traffic all the way," said Brian Trujillo. "You really have to watch the way you get on the interstate."

"We are hearing about issues of backing up," said Kimberly Gallegos, New Mexico Department of Transportation District 3. "They do a lot of their work at night but it does take time to cure."

But drivers tell KOB the main problem is the merge lane, it's not long enough with the road work.

They said cars are at a dead stop trying to get over and there just isn't enough time to speed up.

"Everybody's always in a hurry rushing, rushing, rushing," Jones said. "It's almost like a horse race as soon as you come out of the gate you have to merge all the way to the middle lane because usually two lanes are blocked Monday-Friday."

A big fear for drivers is getting hit from behind and Jones has seen the crashes.

"Daily it seems like, it's a lot it's real bad."

"Me, myself I try to avoid it if I can," Trujillo said.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation says the reason traffic control is so long in that particular area is because of the amount of room needed to keep workers and drivers safe, and the curves of that portion on I-40.

"We are looking into this issue and we are listening to the voices of our commuters," she said.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation said the Monday morning’s commute will look a little different. They are going to push back the traffic control lane further towards Coors, allowing drivers to merge on safely, not having to gun it from a full stop.

"It won't be as long as what they are seeing," Gallegos said.

Road work is still on track to finish this summer.

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