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Interchange project leads to weekend closures, headaches for commuters

Kassi Nelson and Marian Camacho
January 12, 2018 05:36 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Ongoing construction at the I-25 and Rio Bravo interchange will lead to closures over the weekend, sending drivers on detours. It’s all a part of the I-25/Rio Bravo interchange project.

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Rio Bravo will be closed at the I-25 interchange from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13 as crews set bridge girders.

All entrance and exit ramps to and from I-25 will remain open, but traffic will not be allowed under either of the I-25 bridges.

Local traffic will be detoured to University Boulevard east of I-25 and Broadway west of I-25.

The $55 million interchange project is designed to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow, but for drivers who call this their regular route, it's hard not to get frustrated. 

"Every single day we're dealing with it," said Ricardo Chavez, who works just down the street from the construction zone. "All of it. Around the whole city."

Chavez said he takes Rio Bravo nearly every day, along with more than 27,000 other motorists. 

"We try to get back-and-forth to work...it's just very difficult to deal with," he said. 

Others are also getting headaches from the construction, including Dana Stratton, who called it a chaotic and time-consuming endeavor to manage the corridor. 

"We pulled off to get some gas, and there's nothing quick about what's going on out there," she said. 

Officials with the New Mexico Department of Transportation insist the frustration will be worth it. When all is said and done, the interstate will be expanded from four lanes to six, and will also boast improve storm drainage as well as a new multi-use path.

Phase 1 is currently in progress and set to last through March of this year. The entire project is scheduled to be completed summer 2019, but Chavez said he believes even then the construction pains won't go away. 

"As soon as they stop one thing, they start another thing, or they're doing them both at the same time," he said. "It's not easy to get around the city."

View all of the construction plans by clicking here.

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