Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Big I Job Adjusts For Fiesta.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Patrick Armijo Journal Staff Writer

Construction Crews Prepare To Reduce Nighttime Closures

The contractor for the Big I project has agreed to modify some nighttime closures during the Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Normally, a nighttime closure would affect southbound Interstate 25 from Comanche to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During the balloon fiesta, however, nighttime closures will allow southbound traffic from Comanche to the Big I, where traffic will be able to get onto Interstate 40.

Gary Pierce, traffic-control manager for Twin Mountain Construction II Co., said the changes won't delay construction.

"We recognized that we could still complete our work and we could make some modifications that would have less impact on traffic," Pierce said Friday at a news conference. …

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