ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The New Mexico Department of Transportation says a groundbreaking date of Sept. 5 has been set for the Paseo Del Norte, I-25 Interchange project.
Gov. Susana Martinez and Mayor Richard Berry are expected to attend as well as other key stakeholders who made the project possible.
NMDOT Spokesperson Melissa Dosher told News 13 the $93 million redo will begin with some "side work," a bit of which is going on now.
"Moving utilities and constructing drainage for the project," Dosher said.
The DOT said drivers do not need to find an alternate route just yet. Officials said their goal is to keep construction from causing commuter chaos.
"Dirt will definitely be flying, but they're not going to be impacted like they will later on in the project. We're going to make it very easy, easing into the project," Dosher said.
That pre-work is anticipate to go through Balloon Fiesta in mid-October.
The Department of Transportation said traffic for the world famous event will not be slowed down by the side work.
The main construction to transform the congested interchange used by 150,000 drivers a day will begin after Balloon Fiesta.
"This is it and we've been preparing people and it's ready to go and we're ready to get on it and get it done," Dosher said.
While the design-build team has been chosen for the project, the DOT said that contract has not been finalized yet.
Until it is, Dosher said they will not know for sure what part of the project they’re going to start first.
The project is expected to take up to two years to complete.
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