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.

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, egonzales@bernco.gov  or Jason Hutchins (505-977-2257)  mailto:mjhutchins@yeh-eng.com  Anticipated Completion end of November Check out their website for all the details. 

Important update: Starting Sunday June 3rd, 2nd Street will be closed south of Camino Ocho, just north of Desert Road. The closure is expected to last 2 weeks from June 3rd through June 17th. As part of the 2nd Street improvement project a new box culvert will be installed in this section of 2nd Street. For 2nd Street access south of the closure, please use Prosperity to Broadway to Desert. The Refuge will remain open during the closure. Please drive with care and caution. 

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. Wetland Construction: Project Contact: Valle de Oro  vdolistens@fws.gov, 505-248-6667: Wetland construction anticipated completion end of April, planting of vegetation will be on going.

  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  VdOlistens@fws.gov Thank you for your understanding as we begin our transformation. We are so excited and hope you are too!