top of page

FAQs

To listen to a live Q&A facilitated at the Nov. 15, 2023, public meeting, please navigate to the Public Meeting page.

  • Why is the study being done?
    The I-25 S-Curve is one of the biggest transportation safety issues in the Albuquerque area. As a result, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has designated it as a priority area for evaluating current traffic conditions and exploring additional alternative solutions to enhance safety along this corridor.
  • What is Phase 1B?
    Phase 1B is the Detailed Evaluation of Alternatives. This phase is intended to further evaluate and refine the alternatives advanced from Phase 1A. This phase involves the development of additional information such as conceptual engineering plans, right-of-way requirements, costs, performance data, environmental and social effects, and other data.
  • What is Phase 1C?
    Phase 1C is the Environmental Documentation and Processing Phase. Phase 1C culminates with Federal Highway Association’s (FHWA) approval of the final environmental document and serves as authorization by the FHWA for right-of-way acquisition, final design and construction.
  • What is National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)?
    NEPA requires agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making decisions. The range of actions covered by NEPA is broad and includes constructing highways and other publicly-owned facilities. Using the NEPA process, agencies evaluate the environmental and related social and economic effects of their proposed actions. Agencies also provide opportunities for public review and comment on those evaluations.
  • How can I provide input?
    The study team is always accepting public feedbackmeeting. If you have input to share, please email them to study@i25scurve.com or call 505-600-2232. The second public meeting will be held on April 24, 2024. To learn more and attend, visit Spring 2024 Public Meeting on this website. The first public meeting was held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, which kicked off a public comment period through Dec. 17, 2023. Click here to see the materials shared in that first milestone. This is the first of multiple opportunities to submit public comments that will occur during the study.
  • What is a Preferred Alternative?
    As part of the study, various alternatives (or options) will be proposed and screened. From those, a Preferred Alternative will be determined, which is the alternative that best meets the purpose and needs identified for the study area while minimizing environmental impacts.
  • When will construction begin?
    Funding for construction has not been identified yet. Once the Phase 1B Study has been finalized and Preferred Alternative selected, the NMDOT will seek funding for final design and construction of the proposed improvements.
  • Why can’t the NMDOT just better enforce the existing speed limit? Can more warning signs be added?
    The NMDOT is not an enforcement agency: they rely on local, county, and state police to enforce the laws of the road. There are federal regulations that limit how many signs can be placed and the spacing of the signs. Too many signs can cause driver distraction. For more details, visit i25scurve.com. Speed limits on state highways are enforced by the New Mexico State Police. The NMDOT saw the need for decreased speeds on the S-curve and implemented lower speed limits in this section of I-25 in 2018. Even with the speed limit reduction, crashes are still occurring frequently. In addition, there are limitations to how many road signs can be on a highway and the distance between certain signs. These limitations are enforced by the Federal Highway Association (FHWA). Too many signs for a driver to follow lead to distractions. There are other factors outside of speed and reading signage that relate to safety such as staying within lanes, merging traffic, driver behavior like changing lanes, or looking for landmarks. The safety need for this study comes from drivers needing to focus on all of these different facets at one time. A safe driving experience requires the smooth integration and transition of a driver’s attention between each task.
  • Why can’t you answer some of our questions?
    There was some frustration at the public meeting that the study team didn’t have all the answers to every question. We are very early in the study process and want to include the public early on and before decisions are made to show the NMDOT’s commitment to transparency in project development. We will come back to the public at important milestones to get your feedback. After this first public meeting and comment period, the study team is beginning to draft concepts to improve transportation. Our next public meeting is anticipated for April 2024, where we will share draft alternatives to get public input on each one before they are further evaluated.
  • When will the residents know if noise walls will be added as part of this project?
    Noise walls will be evaluated when the study moves into the refining alternatives stage. They will be evaluated to see if they are reasonable and feasible, and if they provide enough of a noise reduction to adjacent properties to be warranted.
  • Why is the NMDOT even considering shifting I-25 west and disrupting communities?
    This study follows the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Following NEPA requires agencies like the NMDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to consider and assess environmental effects of proposed actions before any decisions are made and to seek and receive input from stakeholders and the public throughout the study. As part of the process and to perform due diligence, it is necessary to consider and evaluate a wide range of alternatives, including those that would involve shifts to the west, also shifts to the east, or perhaps a best fit of the current corridor. Each alternative will be evaluated based on how well it meets the purpose and need of the project and how well it mitigates impacts to the health, safety, and welfare of the public as well as historic resources and parks. The study team recognizes that there are numerous sensitive environmental resources west of I-25. Nevertheless, it is necessary to consider and evaluate a wide range of alternatives so it is possible to demonstrate and document that we ultimately identified a Preferred Alternative that best avoids and minimizes environmental impacts while meeting the transportation need. To see the NEPA Decision-Making factors visually, click here.
  • Can the NMDOT add barrier-separated shared-use paths on Lomas Boulevard all the way west to Broadway Boulevard?
    As part of the I-25 S-Curve Area Study, potential nonmotorized transportation improvements may be included if they are within the study boundary. Typically, this means cross streets such as Lomas Boulevard, may get improvements under or next to I-25. With Lomas Boulevard being a city street, the City of Albuquerque operates and maintains the roadway and is responsible for transportation improvements. The study team is coordinating closely with the City, and these comments will be shared with the City for their consideration. The Preferred Alternative will be compatible to tie into existing or future nonmotorized transportation networks.
bottom of page