I-40/Coors Interchange - Albuquerque, N.M.
The I-40/Coors Interchange is one of the most heavily traveled roadways in New Mexico. When it was originally constructed in the mid-1960s, the interchange was designed to accommodate 55,000 daily vehicles. As Albuquerque's west side population has grown, it has pushed the interchange past its structural and functional life with nearly three times the traffic volume.
In November 2004, Kiewit began construction on the $90 million design-build project to rebuild the busy interchange. In addition to the interchange reconstruction, the scope of work included eight new bridges, pedestrian and bicycle paths, retaining wall and noise structures, utility relocations, drainage improvements, signage and lighting.
The project was built in five phases to maintain traffic. The team constructed many structures outside of the existing travel lanes to keep traffic moving in existing patterns and reduce impacts. As new portions of work were completed, traffic was detoured onto these areas so old structures could be removed and replaced.
An aggressive schedule, partnering and innovation allowed the project to be completed on time in 18 months. Members of the owner's team were co-located with members of the design-build team, enabling consistent and open communication. Team members also participated in task forces where they brainstormed ideas and solutions, reviewed design drawings, responded to questions and addressed concerns.