Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham travelled to Santa Fe this week to lobby the Legislature to support the reconstruction of Paseo del Norte at Interstate 25.
Lujan Grisham has met with House Speaker Ben Lujan and Senate President Tim Jennings to discuss the issue, which she said is vital to one of the state’s biggest job centers and overall economic development.
“Rebuilding Paseo del Norte is good for public safety, good for our economy and can put people back to work right away,” Commissioner Lujan Grisham says. “The long-term impact of this project means thousands of jobs and millions in fuel savings.”
Several legislators have submitted capital outlay funding requests that would go toward the project. The first phase is expected to cost about $93 million.
Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins also supports the rebuild project.
"Fixing the Paseo del Norte interchange is clearly a top priority in this region and certainly the most pressing transportation problem in Bernalillo County,” Commissioner Hart Stebbins says. “I think we have the momentum right now to bring all governments together, including the state, to get this done.”
Commissioner Lujan Grisham recently led an effort to devote more county money toward the project. The Bernalillo County Commission settled on dedicating $5 million to the rebuild.
“It’s critical that supporters of the Paseo del Norte rebuild project maintain the positive progress on this issue,” Commissioner Lujan Grisham says. “We can make this project a reality by working as a team.”
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