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I-25 S-Curve  Area Study

Study Overview

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is conducting a Phase 1B Study along I-25 in the S-Curve area in Albuquerque to explore a transportation solution to improve safety and mobility between Avenida Cesar Chavez (Exit 223) and Lomas Boulevard (Exit 225).

A map showing the I-25 S-Curve Area Study boundaries along I-25 between Avenida Cesar Chavez (Exit 223) and Lomas Boulevard (Exit 225) in Albuquerque.

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The I-25 S-Curve is one of the biggest transportation safety issues in the Albuquerque area, prompting the NMDOT to prioritize this specific section.

The I-25 S-Curve Area Study is currently underway and is scheduled to continue until late 2025. This comprehensive study aims to evaluate solutions that enhance safety and mobility between Avenida Cesar Chavez and Lomas Boulevard while ensuring compliance with the environmental requirements outlined in the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. 

The I-25 S-Curve Area Study is situated in one of Albuquerque's prominent activity hubs, providing convenient access to major employers, educational institutions, sports venues such as Isotopes Park, entertainment venues, the downtown area that includes a lively nightlife scene, and some of the city’s oldest and most notable neighborhoods.

Historic Neighborhoods

A map showing the historic neighborhoods in the I-25 S-Curve Area Study boundaries.

To the east of the study area lies the city's busiest and largest hospitals, Presbyterian Hospital and University of New Mexico Hospital, followed by the University of New Mexico (UNM), home of the Lobos! Nestled between UNM and Presbyterian Hospital is the historic neighborhood of Silver Hill. Adjacent to the study area to the west is Albuquerque's downtown, encompassing historic neighborhoods like Santa Barbara-Martineztown, South Broadway, Barelas, and Huning Highland.

The NMDOT deeply values the history and culture within the study area and understands the significance of preserving and honoring the heritage of the community. Therefore, the NMDOT is also dedicated to maintaining an open and transparent approach throughout the study process that respects and upholds this appreciation.

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The NMDOT is also improving the southern section of I-25, extending beyond the S-Curve Area Study. This initiative is part of the I-25 Gibson Interchange Project. The I-25 Gibson Interchange Project has successfully completed its Study Phase (Phases 1A and 1B) and is currently entering the initial stages of both the Environmental Documentation Phase (Phase 1C) and the Design Development Phase (Phase 1D).

While the project team is developing plans, the public will be offered numerous opportunities to participate and contribute to this ongoing process.

A project-specific website for the I-25 Gibson Interchange Project is set for release in Fall 2023. We encourage you to keep an eye out for this website and revisit it periodically for any forthcoming updates.

To continue fostering transparency and ensure meaningful engagement, the NMDOT is asking community members for feedback and participation in the study process. Learn how to get involved here!

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