AASHTO Journal, 27 April 2012
Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez joined officials from the New Mexico Department of Transportation this week to celebrate the start of a $36.6 million newly designed ramp interchange system located at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 25. The interchange is expected to relieve congestion and improve safety for the more than 40,000 drivers each day.
“Thousands of commuters across Southern New Mexico, in addition to our neighbors in Texas, travel these two key interstates on a daily basis, with an estimated daily traffic volume of approximately 43,000 vehicles,” said New Mexico Transportation Secretary Alvin Dominguez in a statement.
“This project will not only create jobs now, it will also help move freight more efficiently through the area, which will help the economy grow over the coming years,” said FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez. “These are two key routes for international trade and commerce.”
Mostly funded through federal funding, the project includes a newly constructed flyover ramp for I-10 eastbound to I-25 northbound and an I-25 southbound to I-10 westbound ramp to support the heavy volume of traffic.
Work began on the project Thursday and is expected to continue for just over a year. More information on the project is available at bit.ly/NMDOTinterchange.