Refuge Transformation and Construction Updates

Construction photo of wetland unit 5 2.22.18

Welcome to our site for construction updates!  Learn more about ongoing projects, road closures and watch our transformation.

 Welcome to our site for construction updates!  As many of you know there are several projects happening on and near the refuge right now. Although we may not be the lead on many of these projects, our goal is to provide you with all the information we have available. Here's a quick list of projects happening on the refuge and in the area over the next couple months.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 2nd Street will be closed just north of Desert Road starting Monday October 15th through Friday October 19th. Please used the signed detour- Prosperity, to Broadway to Desert.  

Following the completion of the 2nd street closure, Desert Road will be closed just east of 2nd Street.  This will allow for realignment of the railroad tracks, Desert Rd and installation of a traffic signal. Desert Road may be closed for 6 weeks depending on how the work is progressing.  Desert Road Closure Map

Projects outside the Refuge boundary: 

Since February 21st Albuquerque Asphalt has been working on the 2nd Street revitalization project. This project is a partnership among the Refuge, Bernalillo County, and Federal Highways through the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP). It will serve to add curb and gutter and sidewalk on the west side of 2nd Street as well as add a multi-use trail with landscaping on the east side. 2nd Street will be improved from the Mountain View Elementary School south to the Refuge. 2nd Street project: Bernalillo County Estevan Gonzales, P.E. (505) 848-1528,  or Jason Hutchins (505-977-2257)  Anticipated Completion end of November Check out their website for all the details. 

Projects on the Refuge property:  Updated Map 

On the Refuge, Albuquerque Asphalt will also be constructing the entrance road to our future visitor center. Our first wetland was constructed thanks to the Bureau of Reclamation. This wetland will be managed as a playa, a shallow highly seasonal wetland which can provide great habitat for many species including shorebirds on migration, frogs and toads. WildEarth Guardians and NM Youth Conservation Corps  planted willows and cottonwoods which will become homes for songbirds and bats along the northwest side of the Refuge. 

As a result of these projects, some of the roads on the refuge will be closed to vehicle traffic. Visitors will still be able to access most of the portions of the refuge. Please see the updated map for all the changes. Project Contact: Valle de Oro, 505-248-6667

  Again, while we are not the leads for many of these projects we want to help be a conduit of information. If you would like to receive weekly email updates please send an email to Thank you for your understanding as we begin our transformation. We are so excited and hope you are too!