New Mexico State Road 423
|Paseo del Norte|
|Maintained by NMDOT|
|Length:||17.000 mi (27.359 km)|
|West end:||Golf Course Road in Albuquerque|
|I-25 / US 85 in Albuquerque|
|East end:||NM 556 in Albuquerque|
The highway's western terminus is at an intersection with Golf Course Road. The highway then proceeds east intersecting with Interstate 25. The highway's eastern terminus is at an intersection with New Mexico State Road 556.
From Coors Boulevard to Jefferson Boulevard, NM-423 is a freeway with a 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) speed limit. From Jefferson Boulevard to its eastern terminus at NM-556, NM-423 is a 6-lane divided highway with at-grade intersections with speed limits of 45-55 MPH. Initial proposals to reconstruct its interchange with I-25 would have also extended the freeway portion of NM-423 east from Jefferson Boulevard to Louisiana Boulevard. With the scaled back design, two flyover ramps would provide high-speed nonstop access between I-25 to and from points south to NM-423 to and from points west. The signalized intersections with the I-25 service roads will remain in place, as will the at-grade intersections with San Pedro Road and Louisiana Boulevard.
Paseo Del Norte, Jefferson St, and Interstate 25 construction
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) approved a construction design at a cost of US$93 million, US$55 million of which comes from Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque, US$29.75 million from the State of New Mexico, and the other US$8.25 million from federal funding. Funding was approved in November 2012; construction began in October 2013, and is expected to continue until fall of 2015. When complete, this interchange will create unimpeded access from I-25 all the way to Golf Course Road, reducing travel times and congestion for the West Side areas and Rio Rancho.
Paseo Del Norte and Interstate 25
The design calls for a hybrid stack interchange at Paseo Del Norte and I-25, where a fly-over lane from Northbound I-25 to Westbound Paseo Del Norte is built, a lane from Eastbound Paseo Del Norte to Southbound I-25 is built, going under the current southbound frontage road. a loop entrance from Westbound Paseo Del Norte to Southbound I-25 will also be built. All other interchanges will continue to use the existing diamond interchange pattern, only widening and adding lanes.
Paseo Del Norte and Jefferson Street
Jefferson street is a major artery through Journal Center, which comprises many businesses including the Albuquerque Journal. Because of the proximity of this area to I-25 and Paseo Del Norte, the construction design makes changes to the current intersection. This intersection is not grade separated, and has caused major congestion over the years, especially with the growing west side neighborhoods.
The design will create a modified Single-point urban interchange, similar to the one already in use at 2nd street. However, traffic using the flyover from Northbound I-25 to Westbound Paseo Del Norte will not be able to exit at Jefferson Street. people wishing to access Jefferson Street from I-25 will have to exit and use the diamond interchange. Traffic from Southbound I-25 to Westbound Paseo Del Norte will have a lane available to cross over Jefferson Street.
In order to ease congestion and relieve the area under construction, NMDOT uses new and existing systems to notify drivers of upcoming construction delays. NMDOT already has in place several digital message boards on both I-25 and Paseo Del Norte, and delay notifications are posted as needed. the Project also opened a website, which gives as-needed information on delays and road closures.
The entire route is located within Bernalillo County, New Mexico
|Albuquerque||Atrisco Vista Bouelvard||Western Terminus (just north of Double Eagle II airport).|
|Del Oeste Drive|
|Golf Course Road|
|Richland Hills Drive/Rancho Sereno Road|
|Eagle Ranch Road|
|NM 448 (Coors Boulevard) – Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute; Cottonwood Mall (North); Corrales, NM;||West end of freeway|
|Bridge over Rio Grande River|
|NM 47 (2nd Street) – Bernalillo, Albuquerque||Last Freeway Exit|
|Albuquerque||Jefferson Street||Under Construction, soon to be a hybrid diamond interchange along with the interchange below|
|I-25 (Pan American Freeway) – Santa Fe, Albuquerque||interchange under construction, soon to be a hybrid stack interchange along with the interchange above|
|San Pedro Drive|
|NM 556 (Tramway Boulevard)||Eastern terminus|
- "Posted Route–Legal Description". New Mexico Department of Transportation. March 16, 2010. p. 79. Retrieved December 17, 2013.