Albuquerque Police Department is warning of likely traffic delays Tuesday and Wednesday related to President Joe Biden’s visit to the city.
Drivers are advised to avoid I-25 south of I-40 and I-40 west of the Big I Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Side streets may also be impacted.
APD will also have a heavy presence to block traffic, and no parking will be allowed along the motorcade route. Parked cars will be towed.
Biden is set to visit New Mexico as part of a three-state swing through the West promoting efforts to combat climate change.
The visit, which includes stops in Arizona and Utah, comes amid historically hot, dry weather and follows last year’s devastating wildfire season in New Mexico.
A White House official said Biden is expected to tout provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act — passed a year ago — addressing climate change and promoting clean energy and manufacturing.
The law includes incentives designed to expand investment in wind and solar energy and reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.
New Mexico, meanwhile, is the nation’s No. 2 oil-producing state — behind Texas — and its state budget relies heavily on oil and gas revenue.
Biden’s last visit to New Mexico was in the final days before last year’s midterm election. He also traveled to the state amid the devastating wildfires last summer.
Last year’s massive Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire started as two prescribed burns by the U.S. Forest Service before growing out of control, as did the Cerro Pelado Fire.