I-25/Paseo Interchange project begins

Posted at: 10/14/2013 10:21 PM
Updated at: 10/15/2013 7:27 AM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The I-25/Paseo del Norte Interchange project has arrived.

The major construction work started just in time for your Tuesday morning commute.

Rush hour anywhere near I-25 and Paseo del Norte feels more like "hurry up and wait."

But expect it to get worse before it gets better.

"I think it's long overdue. It's one of the intersections I try to avoid honestly," motorist S.E. Coleman said.

When it comes to the monster I-25 Paseo Interchange project, some drivers are already prepping for delays.

"Yeah, it will affect me so I think I'll have to leave earlier so I can make sure that I get there on time," motorist Pauline Stephens said. 

First up Tuesday morning, construction workers will start breaking down barrier walls to widen roads.

That will lead to lane closures starting at 6 a.m. until "further notice," according to paseoi25.com.

If you're driving I-25 northbound exiting onto Paseo, beware.

The far left lane of the off-ramp will be closed.

The two other lanes will remain open.

If you're driving westbound on Paseo, you could also run into traffic headaches.

The far right lane will be shut down before the I-25 northbound on-ramp.

The lane will be closed all the way down to the railroad tracks past Jefferson Street.

The Pan American frontage road will also be down to one lane from the Paseo exit to the Jefferson exit.

The project could take up to two years.

In the meantime, some drivers say they'll stay away.

"I definitely will not take that intersection and I will come off San Antonio and go around," said Coleman.

But state leaders hope you won't forget about the businesses nearby.

"Those businesses along the Paseo/I-25 interchange are open and we want to encourage people to keep using those businesses," NMDOT spokesperson Melissa Dosher said.

For more information, visit www.paseoi25.com.