More than 1,900 miles from the street reconstruction, utility relocation, and rail welding of the El Paso Streetcar Project, the vintage vehicles which will roll again through Sun City streets are undergoing a transformation of their own.
The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) has released new photos of one of the historic streetcars which is being restored for the rigors of daily service by experts at Brookville Equipment Corporation in Brookville, Penn.
“We’ve been watching as this project becomes a reality in terms of the concrete and steel which we can see along the route, but it’s also exciting to see progress on the cars which are a signature component of this project,” said Raymond Telles, Executive Director of the CRRMA. “These photos also remind us of the multi-faceted nature of this project which includes restoration of the vintgage cars, extensive work along 4.8 mile route, construction of a maintenance storage facility downtown, and placement of the overhead contact system which will power the streetcars.”
The newly released photos show car number 1506 stripped down to its bare metal frame and sandblasted. All six of the historic Presidential Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars being restored by Brookville, will be upgraded with modern amenities including Wi-Fi and air conditioning while retaining the historic look and feel of the original streetcar line.
Each of the cars will be painted in one of three color schemes reflecting those used on El Paso’s streetcars before service was discontinued in 1974.
But before the streetcars can return to service in late 2018, much work remains for the crews of Paso del Norte Trackworks who are readying the route. Motorists should be aware of the following changes in traffic patterns in the coming days.
Overnight closures of Santa Fe Street will resume on Monday, August 29, 2016. Santa Fe will be closed to north-south traffic between Third Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue from 6pm to 4am Mondays thru Fridays. These closures will last for approximately three weeks. During the day and on weekends, current lane restrictions will remain in place on Santa Fe between Paisano Drive and Montestruc Court.
Lane restrictions remain in place on Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive and Franklin Avenue as track work continues in this area. San Antonio Avenue reopened immediately east of Santa Fe Street while Overland Avenue is now closed immediately east of Santa Fe. Main Drive remains closed to traffic immediately east of Santa Fe Street.
Storm drain replacement related to the El Paso Streetcar Project continues, meaning Father Rahm Avenue remains closed between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street. While north-south cross streets remain open at Father Rahm, motorists should expect to encounter lane restrictions on El Paso Street, Mesa Street and Stanton Street at Father Rahm.
Lane restrictions remain in place on Oregon Street between University Avenue and Yandell Drive. Crosby, River, California, and Nevada Avenues and Cliff Drive also remain closed immediately west of Oregon Street. Hague Road and Rim Road have now reopened immediately west of Oregon Street.
As work continues at other locations along the 4.8 mile route, the following street closures and lane restrictions will remain in place during the week of August 29, 2016:
- Stanton Street between Missouri Avenue and Wyoming Avenue
- Oregon Street between Missouri Avenue and Wyoming Avenue
- Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue (including intersections)
- Crosby Avenue between Oregon and Schuster (excluding intersections)
- Crosby, River, California, and Nevada Avenues and Cliff Drive immediately west of Oregon Street
- Wyoming Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street
- Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Yandell Drive
- Missouri Avenue at Stanton Street
- Campbell Street at First Avenue
Much of the work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project cannot be completed during or immediately following heavy rain. As monsoon rains continues across the Desert Southwest, occasional unanticipated changes in scheduled construction activities may be required.
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