Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Big I Plans Not Interchangeable.

Byline: Patrick Armijo Journal Staff Writer

* Engineer with original project in the 1960s marvels over changes in scale

You would think a tour of the Big I project might be a little melancholy for an old hard hat who poured his heart into the original interchange construction.

Not so for Milla Blair, 86, a construction superintendent with the original Big I project in 1964 and 1965.

He was in charge of all construction of bridges and roadwork on the Big I, but Blair said he's not bothered watching crews demolish his handiwork.

"It's progress. You accept that," he said as he surveyed the work this week on a tour of the project with Steve Harris, district engineer with the state Highway and Transportation Department. …

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