Improvements to the intersection of Pasoe del Norte and Unser Boulevard are in the works.

On Friday, Albuquerque City Councilors Dan Lewis, Renee Grout and Louie Sanchez; Bernalillo County Commissioner Walt Benson; and state legislators Sen. Harold Pope, Reps. Cynthia Borrego, Joy Garrat, Charlotte Little, and Dayan Hochman-Vigil to discuss the future plans for road improvements.

“The accomplishments of moving these projects forward have been a team effort, with lots of hard work and determination by many of the elected officials here today,” said Councilor Dan Lewis. “We have all worked hard over many years to build the funding for these roadways.”

As the design of Phase 1, or the “L Phase,” becomes finalized, the officials are working their way to funding Phase 2.

Phase 1 will construct Paseo del Norte from Called del Nortena to Unser Blvd. and Unser from Paseo del Norte to Paradise. This $45 million phase is funded with design nearing completion with the city of Albuquerque actively acquiring the right of way. When that is completed, construction will proceed. The city of Albuquerque plans to advertise project construction in fall 2024 with actual construction beginning in early 2025.

The projects first phase will provide a four-lane connection for Paseo del Norte from I-25 to Unser as well as a four-lane connection for Unser from Paseo del Norte to just past Northern Blvd. in Rio Rancho.

The aim of these improvements is to increase traffic flow for commuters, to stop the diversion of traffic from minor roads, and will include new multi-use trails parallel to both sides of Paseo del Norte for safe bicycle and pedestrian routes.

Phase 2 has even more impact for Rio Rancho, as it will construct Paseo del Norte from Unser to Rainbow. It has two subphases: Unser to Universe and Universe to Rainbow. Each costs $19 million, with $4 million currently raised from the 2023 State Capital Outlay. The area’s elected officials are working to fund the remaining $34 million withy more State Capital Outlay, funding from State House Bill 2, city general obligation bonds and Bernalillo County funds.

“These improvements provide tremendous benefits to our community. The neighborhoods that live close to the roadways will experience relief from traffic congestion and it allows for emergency vehicles to cut down on response times,” Lewis said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work with our areas representatives to keep the momentum we’ve built going and to complete funding for future phases.”

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