I-25 University Project Breaks Ground; Construction Scheduled to Begin Thursday Jan. 2, 2020

Dec. 5, 2019: LAS CRUCES – Officials today broke ground (in a virtual sense) on the I-25 University Project, a $33.3 million, 18-month project designed to improve safety and traffic flow at one of the city’s busiest traffic interchanges.

Construction on the project is scheduled to begin Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 and last through the summer of 2021.

Jennifer Sandoval, a Las Cruces business owner who is vice-chair of the New Mexico Transportation Commission, said she was very happy to see the project getting off the ground. She explained, “We have simply outgrown this very busy interchange. More than 35,000 vehicles travel this stretch of I-25 every day, more than 25,500 vehicles use University Avenue and about 6,500 are on Triviz Drive. So we are long overdue for an upgrade.”

Local firm La Calerita Construction was chosen to build the project, which is designed to provide the following benefits:

  • Add capacity to the I-25 southbound off-ramp at University
  • Reduce congestion and weaving
  • Provide direct connections to Pan American Center parking lots
  • Build two roundabouts for free flow of local traffic
  • Promote sustainability through recycling and use of energy-efficient materials

The project will be built in six phases, officials said, noting they will keep two lanes open in each direction on I-25 and on University Avenue to the extent possible during construction. They added there will be nighttime work with road closures for activities such as bridge demolition and construction, ramp work, overhead sign installation and median removal. Road closures will be announced in advance and detours will be provided, they said.

The I-25 University Project is being built in cooperation with the City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University. Funding is provided by the Federal Highway Administration and the State of New Mexico.

The first public meeting for project construction is scheduled tonight, Thurs., Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road. At that meeting, officials will review the final design for the project, anticipated construction, traffic impacts and answer questions.

Contact: Ami Evans, Public Information Officer, ami.evans@state.nm.us, 575-640-5981