From Monday, Nov. 7 through Monday, Nov. 14, 7 Bar Loop will be closed at Westside Blvd.

The City of Albuquerque website says, “As Albuquerque’s west side continues to grow, an increasing amount of traffic is going from east and west and west to east. By expanding this section to four lanes and adding dedicated turn lanes, traffic should flow more smoothly throughout the entire travel corridor. Also, it is anticipated less traffic will cut through neighborhoods because there will be less congestion.”

Construction is being coordinated with the City of Rio Rancho and the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

The crews will repair the valley gutter in the area as part of their final punch list, closeout activities for the Westside Blvd. widening project.

During this time, the contractor will construct the eastbound outside lane, turn bays, curb, gutter, sidewalk and other associated improvements.

The City of Albuquerque recommends that local traffic use La Sierrita as the detour while the road is closed.

While people might expect the speed limit to go up, it will remain at 35 mph.

Westside Blvd. has been under construction since April 2021. It was expected to be finished in August, 2022, but ran into some supply delays.