Focus on Paseo Interchange makes sense

Rep. Tim Lewis makes a number of good points in arguing, as he did in today’s Albuquerque Journal, that the Legislature’s top infrastructure spending priority should be the Paseo/I-25 interchange.

Without having an encyclopedic understanding of all infrastructure needs in the state, I would be willing to put that project up against any other in terms of traffic volumes and need. What I’d like to see Lewis add is that New Mexico could save up to 15% on the project’s cost if we suspended Davis-Bacon rules for it. After all, with limited funds available for this large project, every dollar counts.