BernCo commission approves NMDOT construction agreement

Bernalillo County, NM (KKOB) — The Bernalillo County Commission approved a financial resolution for the purpose of accepting and budgeting grants in the amount of $4.6 million from the New Mexico Department of Transportation to support the construction of the Second Street and Rio Bravo Boulevard intersection. The cost of the entire project will be $10.8 million.

The Second Street and Rio Bravo Boulevard Intersection Project will consist of the total reconstruction of the intersection.

That will include turn lane improvements on Second Street and Rio Bravo Boulevard, acceleration and deceleration lanes as required on Rio Bravo Boulevard, lane widening, traffic signalization and lighting improvements, and quiet crossing improvements.

There will also be better access to the Mid-Region Council of the Governments (MRCOG) New Mexico Rail Runner facility sidewalks, bike lanes, lighting, and signal upgrades.  

“Second Street and Rio Bravo is one of the busiest and most important intersections in the South Valley and really, the entire county, with access to the South Valley, the Southwest Mesa and the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge,” says County Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada. “When this project is finished, Rio Bravo will have been completely rebuilt from the river to I-25 over the last few years.”

The resolution passed on a 5-0 vote.