AARoads Forum

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

News:

New rules to ensure post quality. See this thread for details.

Author Topic: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild  (Read 3228 times)

abqtraveler

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 738
  • US-85 runs thru Albuquerque, but only on paper

  • Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • Last Login: Today at 09:52:29 AM
I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« on: August 11, 2021, 08:43:53 AM »

The reconstruction and widening of I-25 through Albuquerque has been in the works for many years. Over the past decade, several projects have been completed, including:

I-25/Paseo Del Norte interchange reconstruction
Added travel lane between Jefferson Blvd and Alameda Blvd
Reconstruction of the I-25/Rio Bravo interchange
Added travel lane between Sunport Blvd and NM-47 near the Isleta Pueblo

Next up:  Reconstructing and widening I-25 between Comanche Rd. and Montgomery Blvd. This project is estimated at $100 million, with construction projected to start in 2023.

And NMDOT is currently planning to reconstruct I-25 in the vicinity of Gibson Blvd starting in 2027 (hopefully they'll eliminate the dreaded S-curve between Central Ave and Avenida Cesar Chavez at that time).

https://www.abqjournal.com/2418501/100m-i25-project-aims-to-ease-bottlenecks-ex-interchanges-with-both-montgomery-and-comanche-targeted.html
Logged
2-d Interstates traveled:  4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 24, 25, 27, 29, 35, 37, 39, 40, 41, 43, 45, 49, 55, 57, 64, 65, 66, 69, 70, 71, 74, 75, 76(E), 77, 78, 81, 83, 85, 87(N), 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95

2-d Interstates Clinched:  12, 22, 30, 44, 59, 80, 84(E), 86(E), 238, H1, H2, H3, H201

DJStephens

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 884
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Las Cruces NM 88012
  • Last Login: January 18, 2022, 08:37:16 PM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2021, 12:23:48 PM »

The S curve S of the Lead/Coal couplet should have been addressed - at the same time as the Big I reconstruction of '00-'02.  At least 15 million was wasted - to elevate 25 over Lomas Blvd, on a replacement bridge, to connect to the ancient late fifties elevated section over Central Ave.   This is whats known as a "throwaway improvement".  The entire 25 mainline - needs to be depressed, widened, and decked over in the Central / Lead / Coal environs.   The property E of the mainline - in the S curve vicinity, believe is owned by APS and needs to be relocated.   There does appear to be room, in fact, to have a eight to ten lane depressed facility, with parallel one way frontages on each side, at grade, in this Lomas / Central / Lead / Coal environ.   
Logged

abqtraveler

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 738
  • US-85 runs thru Albuquerque, but only on paper

  • Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • Last Login: Today at 09:52:29 AM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2021, 10:00:11 AM »

The S curve S of the Lead/Coal couplet should have been addressed - at the same time as the Big I reconstruction of '00-'02.  At least 15 million was wasted - to elevate 25 over Lomas Blvd, on a replacement bridge, to connect to the ancient late fifties elevated section over Central Ave.   This is whats known as a "throwaway improvement".  The entire 25 mainline - needs to be depressed, widened, and decked over in the Central / Lead / Coal environs.   The property E of the mainline - in the S curve vicinity, believe is owned by APS and needs to be relocated.   There does appear to be room, in fact, to have a eight to ten lane depressed facility, with parallel one way frontages on each side, at grade, in this Lomas / Central / Lead / Coal environ.

And from what I'm seeing, it looks like NMDOT is going to take a very piecemeal approach to dealing with the S-curve. The first project will permanently close the NB offramp to MLK Boulevard and extend the lane from the Lead/Coal onramp to the Lomas exit. Next will be the reconstruction of the I-25/Gibson interchange. I don't know how they're planning to functionally improve the Gibson interchange given there are two cemeteries on opposite sides that butt up right against the ramps. One of the concepts I saw had braided ramps between Sunport Blvd and Lead/Coal that includes the interchanges with Gibson and Cesar Chavez.
Logged
2-d Interstates traveled:  4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 24, 25, 27, 29, 35, 37, 39, 40, 41, 43, 45, 49, 55, 57, 64, 65, 66, 69, 70, 71, 74, 75, 76(E), 77, 78, 81, 83, 85, 87(N), 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95

2-d Interstates Clinched:  12, 22, 30, 44, 59, 80, 84(E), 86(E), 238, H1, H2, H3, H201

rarnold

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 147
  • Location: Kansas
  • Last Login: January 19, 2022, 09:40:17 PM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2021, 10:53:39 PM »

The S curve S of the Lead/Coal couplet should have been addressed - at the same time as the Big I reconstruction of '00-'02.  At least 15 million was wasted - to elevate 25 over Lomas Blvd, on a replacement bridge, to connect to the ancient late fifties elevated section over Central Ave.   This is whats known as a "throwaway improvement".  The entire 25 mainline - needs to be depressed, widened, and decked over in the Central / Lead / Coal environs.   The property E of the mainline - in the S curve vicinity, believe is owned by APS and needs to be relocated.   There does appear to be room, in fact, to have a eight to ten lane depressed facility, with parallel one way frontages on each side, at grade, in this Lomas / Central / Lead / Coal environ.   

Another problem with not having a viable bypass route to divert traffic to during a project.
Logged

DJStephens

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 884
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Las Cruces NM 88012
  • Last Login: January 18, 2022, 08:37:16 PM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2021, 09:56:19 PM »

The only parallel street in the vicinity is Broadway, to the west.   Frankly would get APS out of there, build "temporary" frontages, and then start the utility relocations, then start the trench.   
Logged

abqtraveler

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 738
  • US-85 runs thru Albuquerque, but only on paper

  • Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • Last Login: Today at 09:52:29 AM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2021, 11:43:15 AM »

The S curve S of the Lead/Coal couplet should have been addressed - at the same time as the Big I reconstruction of '00-'02.  At least 15 million was wasted - to elevate 25 over Lomas Blvd, on a replacement bridge, to connect to the ancient late fifties elevated section over Central Ave.   This is whats known as a "throwaway improvement".  The entire 25 mainline - needs to be depressed, widened, and decked over in the Central / Lead / Coal environs.   The property E of the mainline - in the S curve vicinity, believe is owned by APS and needs to be relocated.   There does appear to be room, in fact, to have a eight to ten lane depressed facility, with parallel one way frontages on each side, at grade, in this Lomas / Central / Lead / Coal environ.   

Another problem with not having a viable bypass route to divert traffic to during a project.
They should build a westside bypass of I-25 that runs along the West Mesa from Bernalillo or Algodones in the north to Isleta in the south. In fact, there were proposals back in the late '60s to construct a beltway around ABQ. Portions of Tramway, Paseo Del Norte and Paseo Del Volcan were built as elements of that beltway concept. The idea at the time was the beltway would have been built out in stages as money became available.

While recent development in the Albuquerque foothills has effectively killed any chance of Tramway being upgraded to a full freeway, the Paseo Del Volcan portion is still on the table. Maybe within my lifetime I'll see such a westside bypass be fully built out.
Logged
2-d Interstates traveled:  4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 24, 25, 27, 29, 35, 37, 39, 40, 41, 43, 45, 49, 55, 57, 64, 65, 66, 69, 70, 71, 74, 75, 76(E), 77, 78, 81, 83, 85, 87(N), 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95

2-d Interstates Clinched:  12, 22, 30, 44, 59, 80, 84(E), 86(E), 238, H1, H2, H3, H201

DJStephens

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 884
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Las Cruces NM 88012
  • Last Login: January 18, 2022, 08:37:16 PM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2021, 08:06:45 AM »

Suspect Coors Blvd was once viewed as the W section of that long dead beltway idea.  The original I-40 / Coors interchange (1961) had some elements that hinted at limited access extensions both N and S along Coors, that of course never happened.   It's replacement (2003) struggled to fit into an area that had literally become overwhelmed by growth.   
Too much tribalism, and fiefdoms for something like a beltway to ever happen.   If by some miracle, it could happen, would run it from just W of the S I-25 Rio Grande Bridge, curving in an arc to meet I-40 at the hypothetical full stack at I-40.   Then following Paseo del Volcan alignment to the NNE, finally reaching I-25 again in Bernalillo.   Interstate 425.   
« Last Edit: November 01, 2021, 08:10:42 AM by DJStephens »
Logged

abqtraveler

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 738
  • US-85 runs thru Albuquerque, but only on paper

  • Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • Last Login: Today at 09:52:29 AM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2021, 03:39:03 PM »

Suspect Coors Blvd was once viewed as the W section of that long dead beltway idea.  The original I-40 / Coors interchange (1961) had some elements that hinted at limited access extensions both N and S along Coors, that of course never happened.   It's replacement (2003) struggled to fit into an area that had literally become overwhelmed by growth.   
Too much tribalism, and fiefdoms for something like a beltway to ever happen.   If by some miracle, it could happen, would run it from just W of the S I-25 Rio Grande Bridge, curving in an arc to meet I-40 at the hypothetical full stack at I-40.   Then following Paseo del Volcan alignment to the NNE, finally reaching I-25 again in Bernalillo.   Interstate 425.   
That's exactly what I would envision, and the state already owns the ROW from I-40 to US-550 for the proposed Northwest Loop (aka Paseo Del Volcan). The trouble will be in securing the ROW south of I-40 and north of US-550, as any freeway would cut through Native American land and land that's part of the old Spanish land grants.
Logged
2-d Interstates traveled:  4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 24, 25, 27, 29, 35, 37, 39, 40, 41, 43, 45, 49, 55, 57, 64, 65, 66, 69, 70, 71, 74, 75, 76(E), 77, 78, 81, 83, 85, 87(N), 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95

2-d Interstates Clinched:  12, 22, 30, 44, 59, 80, 84(E), 86(E), 238, H1, H2, H3, H201

aboges26

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 168
  • Age: 2017
  • Location: NM
  • Last Login: Today at 12:08:51 AM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2021, 03:30:29 PM »

Suspect Coors Blvd was once viewed as the W section of that long dead beltway idea.  The original I-40 / Coors interchange (1961) had some elements that hinted at limited access extensions both N and S along Coors, that of course never happened.   It's replacement (2003) struggled to fit into an area that had literally become overwhelmed by growth.   
Too much tribalism, and fiefdoms for something like a beltway to ever happen.   If by some miracle, it could happen, would run it from just W of the S I-25 Rio Grande Bridge, curving in an arc to meet I-40 at the hypothetical full stack at I-40.   Then following Paseo del Volcan alignment to the NNE, finally reaching I-25 again in Bernalillo.   Interstate 425.   
That's exactly what I would envision, and the state already owns the ROW from I-40 to US-550 for the proposed Northwest Loop (aka Paseo Del Volcan). The trouble will be in securing the ROW south of I-40 and north of US-550, as any freeway would cut through Native American land and land that's part of the old Spanish land grants.

The Northwest Loop and Paseo del Volcan are two completely different roads / proposed roads.  Both exist as stubs off of US 550 but the Northwest Loop is planned to parallel Paseo del Volcan to the west of the West Mesa and will have an interchange with I-40 just to the east of exit 140 / the Rio Puerco bridge.
Logged

DJStephens

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 884
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Las Cruces NM 88012
  • Last Login: January 18, 2022, 08:37:16 PM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2021, 08:41:44 PM »

Suspect Coors Blvd was once viewed as the W section of that long dead beltway idea.  The original I-40 / Coors interchange (1961) had some elements that hinted at limited access extensions both N and S along Coors, that of course never happened.   It's replacement (2003) struggled to fit into an area that had literally become overwhelmed by growth.   
Too much tribalism, and fiefdoms for something like a beltway to ever happen.   If by some miracle, it could happen, would run it from just W of the S I-25 Rio Grande Bridge, curving in an arc to meet I-40 at the hypothetical full stack at I-40.   Then following Paseo del Volcan alignment to the NNE, finally reaching I-25 again in Bernalillo.   Interstate 425.   
That's exactly what I would envision, and the state already owns the ROW from I-40 to US-550 for the proposed Northwest Loop (aka Paseo Del Volcan). The trouble will be in securing the ROW south of I-40 and north of US-550, as any freeway would cut through Native American land and land that's part of the old Spanish land grants.

The Northwest Loop and Paseo del Volcan are two completely different roads / proposed roads.  Both exist as stubs off of US 550 but the Northwest Loop is planned to parallel Paseo del Volcan to the west of the West Mesa and will have an interchange with I-40 just to the east of exit 140 / the Rio Puerco bridge.
Unser Blvd is yet another "quasi" expressway that could have been more.  So neither NW Loop or Paseo del Volcan are envisioned to have a true limited access build out?   Stub outs, sounds like a future at grade intersection, that will be smothered by growth.  Not surprising.  Probably impossible, with today's mentalities, but would construct a Freeway segment directly atop US 550 / NM 44 to properly connect to I-25.  Six lanes, MSE walls, elevated, with parallel frontages.  Have not been up there in years, know that there was some type of scoping, at one point, to re-construct the US 550 / NM 44 interchange with I-25.  It likely was scaled back or was back-burnered.   Again, not surprising.   
« Last Edit: November 12, 2021, 08:51:47 PM by DJStephens »
Logged

triplemultiplex

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 2862
  • "You read it; you can't unread it!"

  • Location: inside the beltline
  • Last Login: January 21, 2022, 04:13:40 PM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2021, 10:28:41 PM »

They threw up a fairly good SPUI at I-25 and US 550 in the mid teens.  Probably stuck with that for a while now.
Logged
"That's just like... your opinion, man."

aboges26

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 168
  • Age: 2017
  • Location: NM
  • Last Login: Today at 12:08:51 AM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2021, 11:16:08 PM »

Suspect Coors Blvd was once viewed as the W section of that long dead beltway idea.  The original I-40 / Coors interchange (1961) had some elements that hinted at limited access extensions both N and S along Coors, that of course never happened.   It's replacement (2003) struggled to fit into an area that had literally become overwhelmed by growth.   
Too much tribalism, and fiefdoms for something like a beltway to ever happen.   If by some miracle, it could happen, would run it from just W of the S I-25 Rio Grande Bridge, curving in an arc to meet I-40 at the hypothetical full stack at I-40.   Then following Paseo del Volcan alignment to the NNE, finally reaching I-25 again in Bernalillo.   Interstate 425.   
That's exactly what I would envision, and the state already owns the ROW from I-40 to US-550 for the proposed Northwest Loop (aka Paseo Del Volcan). The trouble will be in securing the ROW south of I-40 and north of US-550, as any freeway would cut through Native American land and land that's part of the old Spanish land grants.

The Northwest Loop and Paseo del Volcan are two completely different roads / proposed roads.  Both exist as stubs off of US 550 but the Northwest Loop is planned to parallel Paseo del Volcan to the west of the West Mesa and will have an interchange with I-40 just to the east of exit 140 / the Rio Puerco bridge.
Unser Blvd is yet another "quasi" expressway that could have been more.  So neither NW Loop or Paseo del Volcan are envisioned to have a true limited access build out?   Stub outs, sounds like a future at grade intersection, that will be smothered by growth.  Not surprising.  Probably impossible, with today's mentalities, but would construct a Freeway segment directly atop US 550 / NM 44 to properly connect to I-25.  Six lanes, MSE walls, elevated, with parallel frontages.  Have not been up there in years, know that there was some type of scoping, at one point, to re-construct the US 550 / NM 44 interchange with I-25.  It likely was scaled back or was back-burnered.   Again, not surprising.

Surprisingly no, the ROW is preserved for both Paseo del Norte and the Northwest Loop for an ultimate freeway build out.  The parcel maps I saw have ROW preserved for a full stack at I-40 for the NW Loop.  The NW Loop ROW largely got donated / set aside by developers and is a long way off from construction, but I do know utilities are or will soon be utilizing a portion of the corridor near I-40.

Unser I believe also has enough ROW to eventually get comfortably upgraded to freeway in its northern end and in the I-40 area it seems squeezing it in Texas-style may have been the plan at one point.  NMDOT has a book and they sure stick to it, they seem to like making 6 lane at-grades with a modicum of access control instead of going to a 4 lane freeway for the sake of safety and pollution reduction on high traffic corridors.

US 550 in Bernalillo really grinds my gears, this reconstruction is (maybe "was" now) taking forever just to keep the traffic lights.  Texas could have built the entire thing as a freeway in a year.  Not sure if there was any scaled back plans or if that is the ultimate plan for the next rebuild in 10 years, or if that would be reserved for after increasing to 8 lanes.
Logged

aboges26

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 168
  • Age: 2017
  • Location: NM
  • Last Login: Today at 12:08:51 AM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2021, 11:17:22 PM »

They threw up a fairly good SPUI at I-25 and US 550 in the mid teens.  Probably stuck with that for a while now.

SPUIs tend to get turned into DDIs, so its probable that will be the next configuration in 10 years.  Depends on how many Californians end up moving in and staying.
Logged

US 89

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 4533
  • 189 to Evanston!

  • Location: Salt Lake City/Atlanta
  • Last Login: Today at 12:38:53 AM
    • Utah Highways
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2021, 11:51:51 PM »

They threw up a fairly good SPUI at I-25 and US 550 in the mid teens.  Probably stuck with that for a while now.

SPUIs tend to get turned into DDIs, so its probable that will be the next configuration in 10 years.  Depends on how many Californians end up moving in and staying.

As much as I wish 550 were a freeway through Bernalillo, the 550/25 interchange seems as good a place as ever to build a DDI. Functionally it's a very similar interchange to I-15/US 91 in Brigham City UT, where there is a new-ish DDI that works great in my experience.

Plutonic Panda

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 2414
  • Location: Los Angeles/OKC
  • Last Login: Today at 03:17:42 AM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2021, 12:54:34 PM »

US 550 in Bernalillo really grinds my gears, this reconstruction is (maybe "was" now) taking forever just to keep the traffic lights.  Texas could have built the entire thing as a freeway in a year.  Not sure if there was any scaled back plans or if that is the ultimate plan for the next rebuild in 10 years, or if that would be reserved for after increasing to 8 lanes.
Don't even get me started on that bullshit. I always get routed behind the casino. It should be a full freeway with direct connect ramps to I-25.

Speaking of needed improvements in ABQ area I-40 needs to be at least six lanes to Edgewood and I'd argue Moriarty.
Logged

DJStephens

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 884
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Las Cruces NM 88012
  • Last Login: January 18, 2022, 08:37:16 PM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2021, 10:49:34 PM »

US 550 in Bernalillo really grinds my gears, this reconstruction is (maybe "was" now) taking forever just to keep the traffic lights.  Texas could have built the entire thing as a freeway in a year.  Not sure if there was any scaled back plans or if that is the ultimate plan for the next rebuild in 10 years, or if that would be reserved for after increasing to 8 lanes.
Don't even get me started on that bullshit. I always get routed behind the casino. It should be a full freeway with direct connect ramps to I-25.

Speaking of needed improvements in ABQ area I-40 needs to be at least six lanes to Edgewood and I'd argue Moriarty.
There is a six lane cross-section E of Albu all the way to NM - 14.   An additional EB climbing lane further east would be useful.  To the crest of Sedillo Hill.  Am not sure if an additional WB lane is warranted from Moriarty to NM - 14.  The Edgewood early 00's interchange "redo" is horrible and needs to be ripped out and redone properly.   Doing it on the Cheap.  Absolute Crap.   
« Last Edit: December 03, 2021, 08:56:36 PM by DJStephens »
Logged

abqtraveler

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 738
  • US-85 runs thru Albuquerque, but only on paper

  • Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • Last Login: Today at 09:52:29 AM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2021, 04:40:17 PM »

US 550 in Bernalillo really grinds my gears, this reconstruction is (maybe "was" now) taking forever just to keep the traffic lights.  Texas could have built the entire thing as a freeway in a year.  Not sure if there was any scaled back plans or if that is the ultimate plan for the next rebuild in 10 years, or if that would be reserved for after increasing to 8 lanes.
Don't even get me started on that bullshit. I always get routed behind the casino. It should be a full freeway with direct connect ramps to I-25.

Speaking of needed improvements in ABQ area I-40 needs to be at least six lanes to Edgewood and I'd argue Moriarty.
There is a six lane cross-section E of Albu all the way to NM - 14.   An additional EB climbing lane further east would be useful.  To the crest of Sedillo Hill.  Am not sure if an additional WB lane is warranted from Moriarty to NM - 14.  The Edgewood early 00's interchange "redo" is horrible and needs to be ripped out and redone properly.   Doing it on the Cheap.  Absolute Crap.   
There was a study that NMDOT did a few years ago where they were considering adding one or two interchanges between Sedillo Hill and Edgewood. At the very least they were looking at adding a diamond interchange at NM-217/Mountain Valley Road, and perhaps a second interchange a couple of miles to the east of there. NMDOT used to have a link to the study on its old website, but it's not on the newly revamped website.
Logged
2-d Interstates traveled:  4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 24, 25, 27, 29, 35, 37, 39, 40, 41, 43, 45, 49, 55, 57, 64, 65, 66, 69, 70, 71, 74, 75, 76(E), 77, 78, 81, 83, 85, 87(N), 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95

2-d Interstates Clinched:  12, 22, 30, 44, 59, 80, 84(E), 86(E), 238, H1, H2, H3, H201

aboges26

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 168
  • Age: 2017
  • Location: NM
  • Last Login: Today at 12:08:51 AM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2021, 12:30:16 AM »

US 550 in Bernalillo really grinds my gears, this reconstruction is (maybe "was" now) taking forever just to keep the traffic lights.  Texas could have built the entire thing as a freeway in a year.  Not sure if there was any scaled back plans or if that is the ultimate plan for the next rebuild in 10 years, or if that would be reserved for after increasing to 8 lanes.
Don't even get me started on that bullshit. I always get routed behind the casino. It should be a full freeway with direct connect ramps to I-25.

Speaking of needed improvements in ABQ area I-40 needs to be at least six lanes to Edgewood and I'd argue Moriarty.

With the amount of truck traffic on I-40, it is arguably necessary to six lane I-40 across NM for the sake of safety.  Not sure how many lives need to be lost for this to be realized by NMDOT, but then again US 550 is notorious for its DUI and distracted driving accidents resulting in deaths of whole families and there is not even a squeak regarding safety improvements.
Logged

triplemultiplex

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 2862
  • "You read it; you can't unread it!"

  • Location: inside the beltline
  • Last Login: January 21, 2022, 04:13:40 PM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2021, 10:40:24 AM »

With the amount of truck traffic on I-40, it is arguably necessary to six lane I-40 across NM for the sake of safety. 

That seems like massive overkill.  40 gets pretty desolate the closer one gets to the state lines.
Logged
"That's just like... your opinion, man."

Plutonic Panda

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 2414
  • Location: Los Angeles/OKC
  • Last Login: Today at 03:17:42 AM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2021, 10:59:35 AM »

With the amount of truck traffic on I-40, it is arguably necessary to six lane I-40 across NM for the sake of safety. 

That seems like massive overkill.  40 gets pretty desolate the closer one gets to the state lines.
I mean I certainly wouldn’t be complaining if we added a third lane each way on all of our interstates but yeah there’s probably better uses of that money. I-40 does need more six laning though in NM particularly around Albuquerque.
Logged

DJStephens

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 884
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Las Cruces NM 88012
  • Last Login: January 18, 2022, 08:37:16 PM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2021, 09:22:22 PM »

   Outside of the Albuquerque SMSA, a few climbing lanes in a few places on I - 40 would be enough.   One outside the current EB lanes to the top of Sedillo Hill would be first on the list.   
   Another place a climbing lane would be useful is on I-10 WB climbing out of the Rio Grande Valley W of las Cruces.   The one that exists there now, starts half way up the hill and ends abruptly before an antiquated interchange with US - 70.   An antiquated interchange, that will be eventually rebuilt in a regressive fashion.   
   Seems their too busy spreading fairy dust, or painting rainbows to fix issues like this.   
« Last Edit: December 22, 2021, 09:26:14 PM by DJStephens »
Logged

abqtraveler

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 738
  • US-85 runs thru Albuquerque, but only on paper

  • Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • Last Login: Today at 09:52:29 AM
Re: I-25 Albuquerque Rebuild
« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2021, 01:03:55 AM »

   Outside of the Albuquerque SMSA, a few climbing lanes in a few places on I - 40 would be enough.   One outside the current EB lanes to the top of Sedillo Hill would be first on the list.   
   Another place a climbing lane would be useful is on I-10 WB climbing out of the Rio Grande Valley W of las Cruces.   The one that exists there now, starts half way up the hill and ends abruptly before an antiquated interchange with US - 70.   An antiquated interchange, that will be eventually rebuilt in a regressive fashion.   
   Seems their too busy spreading fairy dust, or painting rainbows to fix issues like this.
There's a lot of things that NMDOT could do to improve its highways, from a safety perspective. For a state that ranks near the top for fatal highway crashes (per capita), it blows my mind that NMDOT can't even pursue simple, low-cost solutions such as cable barriers along its freeways and 4-lane highways to reduce the number of fatal head-on collisions.
Logged
2-d Interstates traveled:  4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 24, 25, 27, 29, 35, 37, 39, 40, 41, 43, 45, 49, 55, 57, 64, 65, 66, 69, 70, 71, 74, 75, 76(E), 77, 78, 81, 83, 85, 87(N), 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95

2-d Interstates Clinched:  12, 22, 30, 44, 59, 80, 84(E), 86(E), 238, H1, H2, H3, H201

 


Opinions expressed here on belong solely to the poster and do not represent or reflect the opinions or beliefs of AARoads, its creators and/or associates.