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ALBUQUERQUE—The Paseo Del Norte/I-25 Interchange Reconstruction Project issued the Final Request for Proposal to the three design-build teams short-listed to bid on the project on June 4, paving the way for selection of a contractor in late July and for construction on the long-awaited project to begin this fall.

“We want to thank everyone who worked so hard to accelerate the process for selecting a design-build contractor for this important project, including the Federal Highway Administration, our Department of Transportation staff and our consultants. Now that the final hurdle has been cleared, we look forward to receiving innovative and cost-effective proposals so that we can select a design-build team that will do an outstanding job,” said Tom Church, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Transportation. 

““With the final RFP issued, the schedule will now allow us to begin construction on the project in early September shortly after the notice to proceed is given,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. “And because of the size of this project, the contractor will be able to work in other areas and keep impacts to the 2013 Balloon Fiesta to an absolute minimum.”

The short list of design-build teams chosen last February includes, in alphabetical order:

1)    Kiewit New Mexico/Bohannan Huston Inc./Terracon (all in New Mexico);

2)    North Gateway Joint Venture (Arizona); and

3)    Sundt/AUI/URS Corp. (Sundt in Arizona; AUI and URS in New Mexico).

Once a design-build contractor is selected, that contractor will complete the project design, and develop plans for construction phasing and for keeping traffic flowing through the interchange during construction. The project is expected to be substantially completed by fall of 2015.

The $93 million project will include:

1)    A free-flow ramp to improve eastbound Paseo Del Norte to southbound I-25

traffic movement during morning peak travel time (7-9 a.m.);

2)    A flyover ramp to improve northbound I-25 to westbound Paseo Del Norte traffic movement during afternoon peak travel time (4:30-6:30 p.m.);

3)    An overpass at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Paseo Del Norte to improve east-west access and local traffic flow;

4)    Bicycle and pedestrian improvements to provide a critical link across I-25 and connect existing paths in the area;

5)    Improved freeway access for traffic originating east of the Paseo Del Norte/I-25 interchange; and

6)    I-25 mainline improvements between the Alameda Boulevard and Jefferson Street interchanges to improve safety and traffic flow.

More information is available on the Project’s website at www.paseoi25.com or by calling (505) 245-3150.