The City of Albuquerque has broken ground on a $93 million road project that will construct a new interchange at Interstate 25 and Paseo del Norte in the hopes of reducing the number of serious traffic accidents. Although much of the road construction will not begin for a few weeks, preliminary work such as land surveys and utility work is currently under way. The interchange project will eliminate traffic signals, add ramps, and provide a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian path over the interstate. The road project safety is currently scheduled for completion in late 2014.
The new interchange is expected to lower the number of traffic accidents at the intersection and reduce driver fuel costs by as much as $2.5 billion each year. Because Interstate 25 is a major east-west route through Albuquerque, more than 150,000 vehicles reportedly travel through the intersection on a daily basis. Traffic jams are apparently common where the roadway intersects with the north-south thoroughfare of Paseo del Norte. Additionally, nearly 500 accidents occur at the interchange each year.
According to Governor Susana Martinez, voters overwhelmingly approved financing to rebuild the dangerous interchange. The City of Albuquerque will reportedly fund about half of the project using voter-approved tax revenue bonds while the State of New Mexico will pay approximately $30 million of the costs. In addition, Bernalillo County will be responsible for a $5 million general obligation bond that was approved by voters last year. Remaining construction funds will apparently come from federal sources.
Sadly, individuals traveling on New Mexico roadways are often hurt or killed in avoidable traffic wrecks. Dangerous road conditions, motor vehicle defects, weather, and careless or inattentive drivers frequently cause automobile crashes in our state and elsewhere. The victim of a New Mexico motor vehicle collision may be eligible to receive financial compensation for any pain and suffering, medical bills, lost benefits and wages, and any disability that resulted from the incident. Certain close relatives of someone who was killed by a negligent motorist may also be able to recover for the cost of their loved one’s funeral as well as other damages. If you were hurt in an automobile accident, you should speak with a quality New Mexico personal injury attorney regarding your options for recovery.
Please contact the Fine Law Firm if you were injured or a beloved relative died in a New Mexico traffic collision. Our hardworking Bernalillo County car accident lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience assisting those who were hurt due to someone else’s negligence receive the financial compensation they deserve. To schedule a free, confidential case evaluation with a caring advocate, give the attorneys at the Fine Law Firm a call today at (505) 889-3463 or contact us through our website.
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