The State is moving to fix a frustrating spot on I-25 in Albuquerque.
The Department of Transportation plans to do away with the MLK Jr. northbound I-25 exit ramp to help with the busy Lead-Coal to northbound I-25 on-ramp.
Many of the drivers KRQE News 13 spoke to on Friday agreed that the Lead-Coal on-ramp is too short, before you’re forced to exit at MLK Jr.
“Yeah too short and it’s bottlenecked,” one driver said.
“I was just thinking it gets kind of backed up kind of easily,” another driver said.
“It’s hard to get on there. Yeah, it’s difficult,” a third driver said.
The DOT has substantiated these complaints by announcing the plans to overhaul the area.
“There was a road audit done and it was determined it would increase safety if they went ahead and closed off the off-ramp,” Kimberly Gallegos, the NMDOT district 3 spokesperson, said.
The MLK Jr. northbound exit will go away and the Lead-Coal northbound on-ramp will be extended.
“A lot of times when a lot of backup in the area, that’s when you’ll start to see people merging over and cutting others off and we just want to make sure that safety is our number one concern,” Gallegos said.
The signage for the MLK Jr. exit would likely be added to the northbound Lead-Coal exit, leading drivers through the frontage road to MLK Jr. That means the stop sign that often creates congestion in the area will likely go away, too.
“So hopefully that’ll be a little more free-flowing once this project is complete,” Gallegos said.
The project is still in its early phases. A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at Longfellow Elementary School.
Gallegos speculates the project wouldn’t begin until next year.
There’s no price tag on the proposal just yet.