As utility relocation work associated with the El Paso Streetcar project requires the closure of some key streets, motorists seeking east-west alternate routes near Downtown El Paso can expect some relief starting this week.
Beginning on Wednesday, April 5, 2016, Wyoming Avenue will be reduced to one lane at Stanton Street. Wyoming Avenue carries vehicles which use Exit 19/Downtown off of Interstate 10 East. Motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes including exiting I-10 at Exit 18B/Porfirio Diaz Street and accessing Downtown by taking Franklin Avenue to Durango Street to Overland Avenue.
Yandell Drive remains reduced to one lane at Stanton Street. Because Yandell carries vehicles which use the Exit 19A/Mesa Street off-ramp, motorists coming from I-10 West are encouraged to continue using alternate routes, by exiting at Copia Street, Piedras Street or Cotton Street.
Stanton Street remains reduced to one lane between Wyoming and Yandell. It is closed between Yandell and Nevada.
Also on Wednesday, Arizona Avenue, a one-way street westbound, will re-open to traffic at Stanton Street. Rio Grande Avenue, a one-way street eastbound, re-opened in late March. Together, Arizona and Rio Grande provide motorists an alternate to Montana Avenue which is closed at Stanton Street
San Antonio Avenue remains closed to thru-traffic at Kansas Street while Kansas Street is closed to thru-traffic between Myrtle and San Antonio Avenue. These closures are expected to remain through the end of the month. Texas Avenue has re-opened to east-west traffic at Stanton Street, which can be used as an alternate to San Antonio.
Santa Fe Street remains reduced to one lane in each direction between Franklin Avenue and San Antonio Avenue. San Antonio Avenue is closed to thru traffic at Santa Fe Street
Father Rahm Avenue remains closed to eastbound and westbound traffic between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street. At this time, all north-south streets are open to traffic at Father Rahm.
Other Lane closures are in place at the following locations:
- Kansas Street between Paisano and Father Rahm Avenue
- Kansas Street between Overland and First
- Oregon Street between Arizona Avenue and Glory Road
- Motorists and pedestrians will encounter intermittent lane and sidewalk closures at various locations along the 4.8 mile route as crews begin working on the foundations for poles which will support the Overhead Contact System which will power the streetcars. Work at those locations will take less than a day and will be temporarily patched before crews leave these works zones.
The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority continues its outreach efforts by providing updates to neighborhood and community groups as work continues to advance on the El Paso Streetcar project. The CRRMA has scheduled an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at Sacred Heart Church, 602 S. Oregon Street.
For residents who wish to be kept up-to-date on the project, they can do the following:
- Click here to sign-up for regular construction updates delivered to your email inbox.
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- Call the bilingual project information line: (844) 252-RAIL.