ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - You've been hearing about it for months, and Tuesday is the big day for the reconstruction of the Paseo del Norte-Interstate 25 interchange reconstruction.
Pre-work started in September. As soon as the crowds here for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta start packing up, expect the traffic cones to go out.
"I hope that Albuquerque is ready for the project," Melissa Dosher, a New Mexico Department of Transportation spokesperson, told KRQE News 13. "This area is so congested, and it's been congested for a long time."
Dosher said the $93 million re-do will alleviate that congestion. Until the project is over, though, you can expect traffic to get worse.
"It's going to be a little bit painful, but we're going to make it as quick as possible so we can get things back to normal and actually better than normal," Dosher said.
Dosher said the contractor plans on the project only taking 14 months, 10 months shorter than the window for construction.
During that time, NMDOT urges travelers to check out the project website PaseoI25.com for real-time information and to see live feeds of traffic.
"They really need to plan to leave a bit earlier for work or wherever they're going, especially during rush hour," Dosher said.
Dosher said traffic cones will be put out starting Monday night, and construction will likely begin Tuesday after morning rush hour.
Nearly 6,000 people have already signed up for traffic alerts on PaseoI25.com, according to the DOT.
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