Revamped Highway by the Rio Grande
I-25/Williamsburg Interchange Improvements
Editor: Allison Braswell
A 2022 auto insurance comparison study revealed that New Mexico is tied with Texas atop the list of U.S. states with the worst drivers. 470 is the number of traffic fatalities that sadly occurred on New Mexico roads in 2021--a 10% increase from the 2019 total. Fortunately, New Mexico residents see the light at the end of the tunnel with the highway bridge replacement and roadway reconstruction project at Interstate 25 milepost 75 in Williamsburg, NM. El Terrero Construction is hard at work reorienting the bridge over the interstate, reconfiguring exit ramps, and constructing a new interchange consisting of a diamond configuration. These improvements, along with new signage and striping, curb and gutter, and lighting, all have a role to play in the state's efforts towards safer commuting.
In addition to these necessary changes, NMDOT and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) proposed the idea of bridge art and aesthetic treatments to showcase New Mexico's wildlife and scenery that surrounds the Rio Grande River and add charm to the area. Williamsburg is one of the many places in New Mexico where one can spot the most diverse species of animals such as bullhead snakes and desert bighorn sheep, as well as the state's unique patchwork of mountains and basins. Expected to last through November 2023, this $36.9-million project will address speeding, lowering the frequency of accidents, and overall improvement of public safety for those who regularly use I-25.
For the piers of the bridge, the contractor is using an ICE® I-46V2 Diesel Impact Hammer with hydraulic trip mechanism to drive closed-end pipe piles 24" (in) in diameter and 55' (feet) in length. They are happy to report no challenges faced during their part of this monumental project and are thrilled to be able to complete their work in a timely fashion thanks to the reliability of the ICE® I-46V2. This client has always appreciated the availability of deep foundation equipment at International Construction Equipment, Inc's Texas location and how ICE® Sales and Service team members cater quickly to their needs. Much gratitude to El Terrero Construction for collaborating with International Construction Equipment, Inc to create safer infrastructure in New Mexico.
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Proposed bridge art:
View under the bridge of the bridge abutments.
View of bridge from Interstate 25.
Pollyanna Cunningham, MA, MBA
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