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El Paso Streetcar,  headed north / Photo -El Paso County Historical Commission
El Paso Streetcar, headed north / Photo -El Paso County Historical Commission

Kansas Street closure moves south as El Paso Streetcar project advances

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) has announced that crews have completed utility relocation work on Kansas Street between Main Street and San Antonio Avenue.

Some lanes of Kansas Street will reopen between Main and San Antonio on Friday, however motorists are encouraged to continue using alternate routes.

Starting on Friday, January 15, 2016, Kansas Street will be closed to traffic from Texas Avenue to San Antonio Avenue to allow crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks to relocate utility lines there in preparation for construction of the El Paso Streetcar Project. As part of this closure, Myrtle Street will be closed to traffic at Kansas. Texas Avenue and San Antonio Avenue will remain open to thru traffic at Kansas Street expect for short closures which will be required to finalize utility tie-ins.

As Kansas Street carries tens of thousands of vehicles a day from Interstate 10 to downtown destinations including El Paso City Hall, the El Paso County Courthouse, and the Federal Courthouse, motorists who use Kansas Street are advised to expect delays and follow all marked detours.

Additionally, they are encouraged to consider the following alternate routes:

  • Westbound traffic can exit I-10 at Cotton Street and access Downtown via Texas Avenue.
  • Eastbound traffic can exit I-10 at Downtown and turn right at Santa Fe, Oregon, or Mesa Streets.

During all closures, appropriate traffic control measures will be in place in impacted areas. Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists should also allow additional time to travel in these areas and are asked to observe all signs, barricades, and detours.

Work Planned at Other Locations

  • North Stanton Street is presently closed to northbound and southbound traffic between River Avenue and Arizona Avenue. That closure is also expected to move south in the coming weeks.
  • Later this month, crews expect to close lanes on Oregon Street near Glory Road.

Work Underway at Other Locations

  • Father Rahm Avenue is closed to westbound traffic from Mesa Street to Santa Fe Street.
  • Father Rahm Avenue is closed to eastbound and westbound traffic from Kansas Street to Mesa Street.
  • El Paso Electric (EPE) has finished installing all of the planned distribution poles on the north side of Father Rahm Ave. EPE will complete wire work from Santa Fe St. to Campbell St. on Sunday, January 17, 2016 and begin transferring equipment and services along Father Rahm through the end of January.
  • South Stanton Street is closed to northbound and southbound traffic at Father Rahm Avenue.

Residents, businesses, and schools will maintain access at all times during construction. The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority is coordinating directly with those impacted.

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  • Call the bilingual project information line: (844) 252-RAIL.

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