ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The long-awaited and much-anticipated Paseo/I-25 interchange project finally kicked off Thursday with a ceremonial groundbreaking.
The $93 million redo has been in the works for years and with the funding and build team finally in place, construction is soon to follow.
In anticipation of any emergencies that may come up in the corridor during construction, first responders have been working on a response plan.
For the last few months, emergency responders from APD, AFD, BCSO and local hospitals have been meeting to sort out the logistics of responding to accidents in the construction zone.
"We want to be able to plan and make sure everyone is coordinated and knows the information as the scene develops or as the issue develops so that we're not stumbling over each other,” said Scott Perkins of Wilson & Company.
To help, eight mobile cameras are going up in the area in addition to the four existing DOT cameras.
“So before they go to an incident or scene, they will be able to look and see how best to be able to get their equipment in,” Perkins said.
They can then monitor the situation continuously on those cameras and start detouring people around the scene.
And it’s not just first responders who will have access to the information.
The new website, Paseoi25.com, has cameras and real time updates for drivers to keep tabs on how traffic is flowing, too.
As the countdown to major construction ramps up, the meetings will, too, going from monthly to weekly.
"All of them have been really good about meeting with us to really think through situations and scenarios so we can better plan and be ready to respond,” said Perkins.
The first major construction on the project won't start until after Balloon Fiesta.
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