Governor, officials to celebrate completion of major construction project for I-25 interchange

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Gov. Susana Martinez and others are celebrating the completion of a $93 million project aimed at smoothing travel through a major Albuquerque traffic corridor.

Officials are scheduled to attend a ribbon-cutting event Monday evening for the reconstruction of the I-25 and Paseo del Norte interchange.

Crews are expected overnight to open the last piece — a flyover that takes drivers headed northbound on the interstate to westbound Paseo del Norte.

Initial plans called for a $360 million interchange. Those were scrapped due to dwindling funding, and work was started in October 2013.

Government officials had to piece together money from city, county and state bonds to pay for the project.

The interchange serves an estimated 180,000 people who live on Albuquerque's west side and in the surrounding communities of Corrales and Rio Rancho.

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