Balloon Fiesta gets its own ramp on I-25

BALLOON FIESTA GETTING AN I-25 RAMP: Starting today, traffic on the Interstate 25 frontage road southbound will not be able to merge with the freeway just past the Tramway/Roy interchange.

Instead, drivers will continue on the frontage road and access the freeway just south of Alameda Boulevard.

Mountain States Constructors Inc. is moving the Tramway/Roy on-ramp approximately 1,100 feet south of Pasadena Ave” to improve safety and provide better access to southbound I-25 for outgoing Balloon traffic Fiesta Park,” according to a press release from the city of Albuquerque. Completion is expected before the start of the 2022 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on October 1. The project is funded with nearly $2.5 million in state capital expenditure funds.

Normal working hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Phase I, scheduled through August, will have the southbound frontage road reduced to one lane, the existing I-25 on-ramp to Tramway/Roy closed, and motorists directed to the ramp south of Alameda Boulevard to access I-25 southbound. Balloon Fiesta Parkway, Pasadena Avenue, Venice Avenue and Beverly Hills Avenue within the construction zone will be open to frontage road.

• Phase II, scheduled for early to mid-September, will close Pasadena Avenue to southbound I-25 frontage road for approximately two weeks.

• Phase III, the final phase, will include pavement surfacing and final construction cleanup and will last approximately one week.

In addition to the new ramp, drivers will benefit from new paving on the southbound frontage road, a new concrete wall barrier, drainage improvements, and permanent signage and markings.

Drivers are urged to exercise caution in the construction zone, expect delays and allow extra time to reach their destinations.

UNSER OUT OF SYNCH: Lisa Arnhart shares that the signals on the northbound Unser from Central to Montaño are no longer correctly synchronized in the evening, around 6-8 p.m.

“Observing the speed limit, all major crossing lights turn red on Unser just before I reach it, with the exception of the St. Josephs Drive intersection, which is consistently and thankfully green,” explains Lisa. “Could these lights be better timed for this main thoroughfare?”

Nearby roadworks make this a challenge.

Cilke says that “NMDOT construction of the 98th Street ramps (at Interstate 40) affected traffic on Unser. The city has adjusted the signal schedule at Unser and Central and Unser and Ladera to handle the unusual traffic volumes.

NO UNIVERSE EXPANSION YET: Bob Vasquez emails that on the morning of July 18, “they closed Universe Boulevard from Paseo del Norte to Rainbow without any warning or notification as to how long it would be closed. They are obviously widening the road to four lanes. Did Do you have any idea how long it will take?”

It does not widen and is not long.

Scott Cilke of the city’s municipal development department said Thursday that “Universe is not expanded to four lanes at this time. Some work is done by a private developer who has received a permit from the city. It should be completed in the next few days. »

CALL 311 FOR STREET TLC: Michael emails that he’s contacted the Mayor, City Council and City Development and hasn’t gotten a response as to why Griegos between Fourth and Rio Grande is “permanently ignored”.

He says that “the city continues to improve the streets that are already improved and the Griegos are being left behind. … Take it down and watch the sidewalks and the street. Nobody can really walk or push a stroller or use a wheelchair on a sidewalk (because of) the poles, trees, cacti and bushes.

Cilke says that while the city does not have any rehabilitation work “scheduled at this time, if there is an area that any of your readers would like to see rehabilitated, we encourage them to provide that feedback via the 311”.

Editorial page editor D’Val Westphal tackles metro area commuter issues on Monday. Contact her at 823-3858; [email protected]; or 7777 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109.