I-25 on-ramp relocation project begins Monday

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A big construction project is starting Monday for southbound I-25 in Albuquerque.

The southbound I-25 on-ramp at Tramway will be moved to a new location. The purpose of the project is to improve safety and alleviate traffic congestion for Balloon Fiesta.

Regular work hours will be Monday through Friday – 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – and the three-phase project is expected to be finished before Balloon Fiesta begins Oct. 1.

Phase One — Beginning Monday

This phase will last through late August and the existing southbound I-25 on-ramp will be closed. Motorists will be able to take the southbound I-25 frontage road to south Alameda Boulevard, however.

The southbound frontage road will also be reduced to one lane through most of the construction zone. Balloon Fiesta Parkway, Pasadena Avenue, Venice Avenue and Beverly Hills Avenue in the zone will be open at the frontage road.

Phase Two — Scheduled from early-to-mid-September

Pasadena Avenue will be closed at southbound I-25 frontage road for around two weeks.

Phase Three — Scheduled for one week

Roadway surfacing and final construction clean-up will take place to put a bow on the project.

Travel impacts are likely during the on-ramp relocation project, which is among several projects along I-25 in the Albuquerque-Santa Fe area:

  • Crews started reconstructing the road on La Bajada earlier this month. Drivers should expect lane closures through the end of the month.
  • In August, crews are expected to start emergency repair work on the I-25 bridge over the Rio Grande river, just south of Albuquerque. Most of the work will take place overnight so traffic will not be impacted.
  • The northbound MLK off-ramp will be removed, beginning Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. More details on the project are here.