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Maps: Go10/TxDoT Closures for the Week of March 27th

Construction crews will be busy this week, with work continuing on the Go10 Project.

I-10 & Mesa Continuous – Until further notice

  • The right turn-only lane on eastbound North Mesa St (SH 20) is closed between Osborne Dr and South Desert Blvd.
  • The right through lane on eastbound North Mesa St (SH 20) will close between Osborne Dr and South Desert Blvd, but only when necessary and only during the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Note: Access to businesses will remain open at all times.

Crews are working to install underground utilities. [No Map]

I-10 & Sunland: Overnight Sunday, March 26 through Thursday, March 30 | 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

  • The Sunland Park Flyover Entrance Ramp to I-10 Eastbound will close.

Crews are conducting prep work for the eventual removal of the Sunland Flyover Ramp. [Map 1]

Overnight: Sunday, March 26 through Thursday, March 30 | 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

  • Sunland Park Drive in both directions will reduce to one lane between Mesa Hills Dr and Constitution Dr.

The closure is necessary so crews can work on the Sunland Park Flyover Ramp. [Map 2]

 Daytime: Monday, March 27 through Friday, March 31 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

  • The two-lane Sunland Exit Ramp (Exit 13, Westbound) will reduce to one lane.

This closure is necessary to give crews access to the work site. [No Map]

 Daytime: Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28  | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

  • The left lane on I-10 Westbound will close between Buena Vista and Sunland Park.

Crews are constructing new concrete columns in the area. [Map 1]

 Overnight: Wednesday, March 29 | 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning

  • I-10 Westbound will reduce to one lane between Sunland Park (Exit 13) and the Resler Flyover Ramp.
  • The Resler Exit Ramp (Exit 12) from I-10 Westbound will close.
  • The Sunland Park Entrance Ramp to I-10 Westbound will close.

Crews are erecting a high mast luminaire in the area. [Map 2]

I-10 & Executive – Daytime:  Monday, March 27 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • The Executive Center Exit Ramp (Exit 16) from I-10 Westbound will be open; however, the right-turn-only lane onto Executive Center Boulevard will close. Motorists will be able to turn right at the traffic light.

Crews are installing a service pole. [Map 1]

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MAPS: GO10 Project Closures, Detours for Week of March 19th Announced

Texas Department of Transportation officials announced the new set of detours and road closures starting Monday, March 20th.

I-10 & Mesa

Continuous – through Friday, March 24

  • The right turn-only lane on eastbound North Mesa St (SH 20) is closed between Osborne Dr and South Desert Blvd.
  • The right through lane on eastbound North Mesa St (SH 20) will close between Osborne Dr and South Desert Blvd, but only when necessary and only during the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Note: Access to businesses will remain open at all times.  [No Map]

Daytime – Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

  • The right lane on eastbound North Mesa St (SH 20) will close between Osborne Dr and Remcon Cir.

This closure is required to accommodate follow-up work related to the March 12th demolition of the I-10 East Overpass. Crews will be hauling away rubble and removing final column footings. [Map 1]

 

Overnight – Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21

9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

  • I-10 Eastbound will reduce to one lane between Thorn Ave and North Mesa St (SH 20).

Crews will be adjusting barrier walls and re-striping lanes. Please slowdown in this area. [No Map]

 

I-10 & Sunland

Overnight – The following closures will go into effect at 9 p.m. each night, re-opening at 6 a.m. each morning:

  • Sunday, March 19 through Thursday, March 23The Sunland Park Flyover Entrance Ramp to I-10 Eastbound will close.
  • Sunday, March 19 and Monday, March 20The Sunland Entrance Ramp to I-10 Westbound will close.
  • Thursday, March 23The southbound lanes on Sunland Park Drive (southbound means traveling toward Doniphan Dr) will reduce to one lane where Sunland Park Drive passes over I-10.

Crews are conducting prep work for the eventual removal of the Sunland Flyover Ramp. [Map 2]

 

Daytime – Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

  • The two-lane Sunland Exit Ramp (Exit 13, Westbound) will reduce to one lane. [No Map]

 

Daytime – Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

  • I-10 in both directions will reduce to two lanes between Buena Vista and the Sunland Park Overpass. [Map 2]

 

Overnight – Tuesday, March 21 through Thursday, March 23

9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

  • I-10 Eastbound will reduce to one lane between the Sunland Park Overpass and Buena Vista.

Crews will be re-striping lanes. [Map 3]

 

Overnight – Wednesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 23

9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

  • I-10 Westbound will reduce to one lane between the Sunland Park Overpass and about 100 feet past the Resler Flyover Bridge.
  • The Sunland Park Entrance Ramp to I-10 Westbound will close.
  • The Resler Exit Ramp (Exit 12) from I-10 West will close.

Crews will be erecting a high mast luminaire in the area. [Map 3]

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Map: GO10 / TxDoT Closures for the Week of March 5

Officials with Go10 announce the upcoming road work and related closures for the week of March 5.

I-10 & Mesa Continuous – The following closures will remain in place until further notice:

  • The right turn-only lane on eastbound North Mesa Street (SH 20) is closed between Osborne Drive and South Desert Blvd.
  • The right through lane on eastbound North Mesa Street (SH 20) will close between Osborne Drive and South Desert Blvd, but only when necessary and only during the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Note: Access to businesses will remain open at all times.

Crews are installing underground utilities. [No Map]

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Overnight Sunday, March 5 through Thursday, March 9 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

  • I-10 in both directions will reduce to one lane between the Thorn Avenue Overpass and North Mesa Street (SH 20).

Crews will be installing pavement on the median of the I-10 Overpass in preparation for the 27-hour closure on March 12. [No Map]

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I-10 & Sunland – Overnight Sunday, March 5 through Thursday, March 9 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

  • The Sunland Park Flyover Entrance Ramp to I-10 Eastbound will close.

Crews are conducting prep work for the eventual removal of the ramps. [Map 2] 

Daytime – Monday, March 6 through Friday, March 10 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

  • The two-lane Sunland Exit Ramp (Exit 13, Westbound) will reduce to one lane.

This closure is necessary to give crews access to the work site. [Map 2]

  • I-10 in both directions will reduce to two lanes between Sunland Park Drive and the Buena Vista area.

This closure is necessary so crews can drill column shafts into the ground between eastbound and westbound traffic lanes. The new columns will support the new Sunland Flyover Entrance Ramp to I-10 East.  [Map 2]

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Executive – Overnight Tuesday, March 7

9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning

  • The Executive Exit Ramp (Exit 16, Westbound) will close.

Crews will be removing barrier walls and re-locating them in preparation for the 27-hour closure on March 12.  [Map 3]

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Paisano @ Sunland – Overnight Wednesday, March 8

9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning

  • Paisano Drive frontage road (Eastbound) will close between Sunland Park Drive and Crockett Street.

Crews will be removing barrier walls and re-locating them in preparation for the 27-hour closure on March 12.  [Map 3]

MAJOR CLOSURE COMING: I-10 & Mesa – 27 Hours

During this 27-hour closure on Sunday, March 12, crews will be re-striping I-10 Eastbound lanes and demolishing the existing I-10 Eastbound structure. By the morning of Monday, March 13, I-10 Eastbound traffic will be driving on the new median of the I-10 Overpass and the I-10 eastbound bridge structure will be gone.

Project Engineer Tim Twomey said, “Twenty-seven hours is an aggressive timeframe for work that could easily take multiple days. This consolidated timeframe is an effort to mitigate impact to motorists and businesses.”

The following closures will go into effect starting at 3 a.m. Sunday, March 12 and will re-open at 6 a.m. onMonday, March 13:

  • I-10 Eastbound will be completely closed after Redd Road.

Detour: Traffic on I-10 East will detour at the Redd Road Exit (Exit 9) and onto Doniphan Drive (SH 20). Traffic will be able to re-enter I-10 East from Sunland Park Drive. Follow the detour signs in place. [Map 1]

  • North Mesa Street (SH 20) in both directions will be completely closed at the I-10 Overpass.

Detour: Follow the detour signs in place. [Map 1]

  • South Desert Boulevard frontage road will be closed to through-traffic between Redd Road and Thorn Avenue, and completely closed to all traffic after Thorn Avenue.

Detour: Traffic will detour onto Doniphan Drive (SH 20). Follow the detour signs in place. [Map 1]

Motorists should avoid the intersection on March 12 by using alternate routes such as Transmountain Road (Loop 375), Doniphan Drive (SH 20) and Paisano Drive (US 85). Motorists who cannot avoid the intersection should follow the detour signs in place. [Map 1]

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With Money Tight, Texas Budget Writers Eyeing Billions Approved by Voters for Roads

More than a year after Texas voters approved routing billions in state sales taxes to roads and bridges, some lawmakers are questioning whether the first payment of $5 billion should move forward as planned.

Texans voted in 2015 to boost funding for state’s public roadways and bridges, which have strained under the state’s growing population. Proposition 7 — loudly cheered by top Texas leaders and supported by 83 percent of voters — changed the state constitution to route some taxes collected on car sales to the State Highway Fund.

But in an unusually tightfisted legislative session, some Texas lawmakers are raising the prospect of reducing that initial cash infusion to free up money for other state programs.

No one has publicly backed such a move, but key budget writers have privately discussed the option. And at a Senate Finance Committee hearing Monday, Sens. Kirk Watson of Austin and Charles Schwertner of Georgetown asked Legislative Budget Board staffers about how it might work.

Lawmakers could reduce the $5 billion transfer by up to 50 percent through a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate. That’s through a provision of Senate Joint Resolution 5, the legislation that sent the issue to voters in 2015.

“As we’re thinking through all these budget items, we have a number in our head,” Watson, a Democrat, said when he learned such a maneuver could ultimately free up $2.3 billion in revenue for other purposes. “We purposely put in a fail-safe.”

Schwertner, a Republican, questioned whether the Texas Department of Transportation has already allocated money expected from Proposition 7.

The Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees TxDOT, last year approved a long-range planning document that assumed it would receive Proposition 7 funds through 2026, according to its Unified Transportation Program.

And at the Texas Transportation Forum, an event hosted by TxDOT in Austin this month, Transportation Commission Chairman Tryon Lewis said the agency is already counting on the money in long-range plans. “We’ll be getting the projects out,” he said.

On Monday, Lewis told the Senate Finance Committee that parts of the agency have been reorganized “to make sure money is used immediately.”

Local governments are already submitting proposals to TxDOT for how to tap the Proposition 7 money, Marc Williams, the agency’s deputy executive director, told The Texas Tribune. The Transportation Planning Commission will discuss those and other proposals during a Feb. 22 workshop before voting on them in March.

TxDOT’s main source of revenue — the gas tax drivers pay at the pump — hasn’t seen an increase since 1991, years before the Dallas Cowboys last won a Super Bowl. Twenty-two states in recent years have increased their gas taxes to help pay for transportation projects, according to credit ratings agency Moody’s. Such a move has been largely considered a nonstarter in the tax-averse Texas Legislature.

Meanwhile, as cars become more efficient, most drivers are paying even less in per-mile gas taxes.

On top of that, inflation, increased construction costs and cars becoming more fuel efficient have prompted years of warnings from TxDOT officials that it can’t keep pace with the demand for additional highway capacity needed to keep up with the state’s booming population. In some parts of the state, particularly in North Texas, transportation officials and planners began relying more heavily on tolls to fund new highways or expansions of existing ones. Residents eventually began pushing back against their proliferation.

During the past two legislative sessions, lawmakers came up with a number of mechanisms to send more money to TxDOT that avoided raising taxes, including two constitutional amendments that voters overwhelmingly approved.

Though the Texas Senate and House kicked off this session with proposed budgets that are nearly $8 billion apart, funding for TxDOT was one area where they agreed. Both bodies initially budgeted for TxDOT to receive more than $28.1 billion over the next two years. In each proposed budget, that figure includes $5 billion from Proposition 7’s sales tax revenues.

In a report last week, Moody’s argued that the new TxDOT funding approved by voters in recent years leaves the Legislature with less money to work with than it had in the previous session.

“Simultaneously, economic and population growth is expected to increase faster than the nation,” the report said. “Balancing the government service demands of growth against a smaller general fund budget now is a greater challenge.”

But amid sluggish economic growth in a state with a litany of pricey needs — including widespread concerns about the state’s child welfare system — some lawmakers appear to be lamenting whether too much money has been guaranteed for transportation.

A move to get back some of that money could face major opposition in the Legislature.

State Rep. Joe Pickett, the House sponsor of Senate Joint Resolution 5, suggested lawmakers should only use the clawback mechanism in case of a major economic downturn or if the state found itself in some other unforeseen fiscal bind.

“I just don’t think our budget is that dire,” the El Paso Democrat told the Tribune.

Last month, Gov. Greg Abbott released his proposed budget to lawmakers that included sending the full Proposition 7 funding amount to TxDOT in the next biennium.

“A promise to invest in infrastructure was made to voters, and this budget ensures the promise is kept,” his budget says.

Author:  JIM MALEWITZ AND BRANDON FORMBY

Mariana Alfaro contributed to this report. 

Go10 Reminds Motorists of Upcoming Project Closures for Week of February 5th

As construction continues on the city’s westside, officials with the Go-10 project remind motorists about the times, dates and closures related to the construction.

I-10 @ Mesa – Continuous for 6 weeks

The following closures started on Jan.18 and will continue until 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24:

  • The right turn-only lane on eastbound North Mesa Street (SH 20) will close between Osborne Drive and South Desert Boulevard.
  • The right through lane on eastbound North Mesa Street (SH 20) will close between Osborne Drive and South Desert Blvd, but only when necessary and only during the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Note: Two lanes will remain open on N. Mesa St. (SH 20) and business access will be open at all times.

Crews will be installing underground utilities. [Map 2]

 

Overnight – Monday, Feb. 6 through Thursday, Feb. 9 | 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

  • I-10 in both directions will reduce to one lane at the North Mesa intersection overpass between Thorn Avenue and approximately 100 feet east of North Mesa Street (SH 20).

Crews will be moving dirt. [No Map]

 

Overnight – Monday, Feb. 6 through Thursday, Feb. 9 |  9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

  • I-10 Eastbound will completely close at the North Mesa Exit Ramp (Exit 11).
  • North Mesa Street (SH 20) at the I-10 Overpass will close in both directions.

Detour:  Motorists on I-10 East will exit at North Mesa Street (Exit 11), take Doniphan Drive to Sunland Park Drive, and will be able to re-enter I-10 from Sunland Park Drive.

NOTE:  Keep to the detour route. Doniphan Drive does not provide access to I-10 nor to US 85 after Sunland Park Drive.

This closure will be recurring until further notice. Crews are placing bridge deck onto I-10 directly over N. Mesa St. (SH 20). [Map 2]

I-10 @ Resler Overnight – Monday, Feb. 6 through Thursday, Feb. 9 | 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

  • The Resler Flyover Ramp to I-10 Eastbound will close.

               Crews will be working on the existing Resler ramp structure. [No Map]

Overnight – Wednesday, Feb. 8 and Thursday, Feb. 9 | 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

  • I-10 Westbound will completely close after the Resler Exit Ramp (Exit 12).

Detour:  Motorists on I-10 West will exit at Resler Drive (Exit 12) and take North Mesa Street (SH 20) westward to I-10 where they can re-enter I-10 West.

               This closure will be recurring until further notice. Crews are working on the new Resler ramp. [Map 1]

 

Sunland NEW – Overnight – Monday, Feb. 6 through Thursday, Feb. 9 | 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

  • The Sunland Park Exit Ramp (Exit 13, westbound) will close.

Crews will be working on the Sunland Park ramp structure. [Map 3]

 

Daytime – Monday, Feb. 6 through Friday, Feb. 10 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

  • One lane on the two-lane Sunland Park Exit Ramp (Exit 13, Westbound) will close.

The closure is required to give crews access to the work site. [No Map]

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Go10 Announces Road Construction Closures for this Week

As work continues on I-10 on the city’s westside, several detours and closures will be in place this coming week.  As always, all closures are subject to change, The latest information is posted on the traffic alerts page and on Twitter.

I-10 East Daytime

Monday, Jan. 9 through Friday, Jan. 12 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

  • I-10 Eastbound will be reduced to one lane for approximately a half mile between the North Mesa Overpass and the Resler Overpass.

Crews will be conducting structural bridge work. [Map 2]

I-10 at Mesa Overnight

Sunday, Jan. 8 through Thursday, Jan. 12 | 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

  • I-10 Westbound will be completely closed between the North Mesa Exit Ramp (Exit 11) and the North Mesa Entrance Ramp. Detour: Traffic will exit at North Mesa Street (Exit 11) and re-enter I-10 Westbound immediately at the next entrance ramp.
  • I-10 Eastbound will have the left lane closed between the North Mesa Exit Ramp (Exit 11) and the North Mesa Entrance Ramp.

Crews will be continuing structural work on the I-10 Overpass at North Mesa Street (SH 20). [Map 1]

Overnight

Sunday, Jan. 8 | 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

  • North Mesa Street (SH 20) will be reduced to two lanes in each direction between North Desert and South Desert Boulevard. [Map 1]

Crews will be working on the new Mesa Bridge overhangs.

FUTURE CLOSURES

I-10 Both Directions Overnight

Sunday, Jan. 15 through Tuesday, Jan. 17 | 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

  • I-10 Westbound will be completely closed at the Sunland Park Exit Ramp (Exit 13)

Detour: Motorists on I-10 West will exit at Sunland Park Drive (Exit 13) and re-enter I-10 just prior to Sunland Park Drive.  [Map 2]

Crews will be conducting structural work on the westbound Paisano Drive (US 85) Bridge.

Overnight Monday, Jan. 16 through Thursday, Jan. 19 | 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m.

  • I-10 Westbound will be reduced to one lane between the Sunland Park Overpass and the North Mesa Underpass.
  • I-10 Eastbound will be completely closed at the North Mesa Exit Ramp (Exit 11).

Detour:  Motorists on I-10 East will be detoured onto Doniphan Drive (SH 20) and will be able to re-enter I-10 at Sunland Park Drive.

Crews will be setting steel beams into place at the Resler Flyover Ramp. [Map 3]

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TxDoT Begins Pretreatment of Roads ahead of Weekend Weather

Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoT) announced Thursday that work crews have started preparing local roads for the expected bad weather this weekend.

With temperatures expected to be around freezing both Friday and Saturday nights, and the forecast calling for rain, TxDoT Crews started work on both the IH 10 and 62/180 corridors.

TxDoT Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Wright states that current forecasts call for snow in Pine Springs area and around the Hueco Mountains on 62/180, leading to crews preparing the roads in that area.

Wright adds, “For El Paso and the IH 10 corridor, the current forecast is for an extended rain event with low temperatures and overnight lows approaching freezing….sections should monitor forecast and be prepared for full scale response and EOC activation over the weekend for temperatures drop.

For updates on road conditions state-wide, visit DriveTexas; to view live traffic cams from around the El Paso area, click HERE.

Maps: Go10 Projects upcoming for Week of November 27th

The Texas Department of Transportation has again announce their upcoming work schedule starting Sunday, November 27th.  The information below, as well as the maps for detours are courtesy GO10.

I-10 East & West – Overnight

Sunday, Nov. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 1

9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning

  • A left lane on I-10 in both directions will be closed for approximately a half mile between North Mesa Street (SH 20) and the Resler Overpass.
[Map 1]

I-10 West @ Resler & Sunland – Overnight

Monday, Nov. 28 through Thursday, Dec. 1

9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning

  • A right lane on I-10 Westbound will be closed from the Sunland Park Exit Ramp (Exit 13) to the Resler Flyover Ramp.
  • The westbound Resler Exit Ramp (Exit 12) will be closed.
  • The Sunland Entrance Ramp to I-10 Westbound will be closed.
[Map 2]

I-10 East – Daytime

Monday, Nov. 28 through Friday, Dec. 2

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

  • A left lane on I-10 Eastbound will be closed for about a half mile between North Mesa Street (SH 20) and the Resler Flyover Ramp.
[Map 2]  Crews will be working to expand an I-10 arroyo bridge. Fact: There are 29 bridges in the GO 10 work zone and all of them will be expanded.

Mesa –  Daytime

Monday, Nov. 28 through Friday, Dec. 2.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

  • A right lane on North Mesa Street (SH 20) will be closed between Remcon Circle and Osborne Drive (in the direction traveling toward Doniphan Drive). [Map 1]

ADVANCE NOTICE

I-10 and Mesa

Eleven nights

Sunday, Dec. 4 through Thursday, Dec. 8

Sunday, Dec. 11 through Thursday, Dec. 15

Sunday, Dec. 18

9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning

  • I-10 Westbound will be completely closed between the North Mesa Exit Ramp (Exit 11) and the Thorn Avenue Overpass.
  • I-10 Eastbound will be reduced to one between the North Mesa Exit Ramp (Exit 11) and North Mesa Entrance Ramp.
  • North Mesa Street (SH 20) will be completely closed in both directions between North and South Desert Boulevard frontage roads

GO 10 recommends people avoid the intersection or follow the detour signs in the area. [Map 3]

Crews will be moving 30 bridge beams into the area and using two cranes to set those beams into place. The longest beam is 164-feet long, more than six-feet tall, weighs 57 tons, and will completely span North Mesa Street (SH 20) once in place.

DETOUR:  An illustration of the closure and detour is located on Map 3.

All closures are subject to change. The latest information is posted on www.go10elpaso.com. Click on “traffic alerts.”

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TxDoT Plans I-10 Work for Thanksgiving Week

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoT) crews will be busy during the run-up to Thanksgiving this week. Make sure you give them plenty of room, and remember to slow down in work zones.

I-10 East & West

Overnight

Sunday, Nov. 20 through Tuesday, Nov. 22

9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning

  • A left lane on I-10 in both directions will be closed for approximately a half mile starting at the North Mesa Intersection.

Crews will continue work on temporary shoring walls. This area will continue to be the focus of intense work for another eight months or more. This work is the first of three phases at the I-10/Mesa interchange.  [Map 1]

 

Overnight

Tuesday, Nov. 22

9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning

  • I-10 Westbound will be completely closed at the Sunland Exit Ramp (Exit 13). Detour: Traffic on I-10 West will exit at Sunland Park Drive (Exit 13) and re-enter I-10 West prior to the Sunland Park Overpass.
  • I-10 Eastbound will be completely closed at the Sunland Exit Ramp (Exit 13). Detour: Traffic will be detoured onto North Mesa Street (SH 20).

Crews will be placing concrete deck onto the new Paisano Drive (US 85) Bridge over I-10. [Map 3]

 

I-10 East

Daytime

Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov 22

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

  • A left lane on I-10 Eastbound will be closed from approximately half a mile east of the North Mesa Overpass to the Resler Overpass.

Crews will be working on an arroyo bridge structure. [Map 2]

 

Mesa                                                                                        

Daytime

Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

  • A right lane on North Mesa Street (SH 20) will be closed between Remcon Circle and Osborne Drive (in the direction traveling toward Doniphan Drive).

Crews will be boring and potholing for utilities. This area will continue to be the focus of intense work for another eight months or more. This work is the first of three phases at the I-10/Mesa interchange. [Map 1]

I-10 West

Daytime

Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

  • A right lane on I-10 Westbound will be closed between the Sunland Park Exit Ramp (Exit 13) and the Sunland Park Overpass.

Crews will be drilling shafts near the Sunland Park Overpass and erecting a high mast illumination pole behind the barrier. [Map 2]

ADVANCE NOTICE:  Traffic Alert for I-10 and North Mesa Street

Details for the following closure are subject to change due to weather and other variables; however, because of the closure’s significance, we are providing as much information as we can at this time. Please note, all lanes will be open during the daytime.

I-10 and Mesa

Eleven nights

Sunday, Dec. 4 through Thursday, Dec. 8

Sunday, Dec. 11 through Thursday, Dec. 15

Sunday, Dec. 18

9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning

  • I-10 Westbound will be completely closed between the North Mesa Exit Ramp (Exit 11) and the Thorn Avenue Overpass.
  • A left lane on I-10 Eastbound will be closed between the North Mesa Exit Ramp (Exit 11) and North Mesa Entrance Ramp.
  • North Mesa Street (SH 20) will be completely closed in both directions between North and South Desert Boulevard frontage roads

This is a new and high impact closure. GO 10 recommends people avoid the intersection altogether during these 11 nights or follow the detour signs in the area. [Map 4]

Crews will be moving 30 bridge beams into the area and using two cranes to set those beams into place. The longest beam is 164-feet long, more than six-feet tall, weighs 57 tons, and will completely span North Mesa Street (SH 20) once in place.

DETOUR:  The detour route for this nightly closure will be considerable. An illustration of the closure and detour is located on Map 4 attached to this news release. (Maps are not to scale.)

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TxDOT and Local Partners Launch “Traffic Jam” Initiative

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is spearheading a Traffic Jam Initiative designed to offer drivers relief during traffic jams while helping businesses along congested roadways earn more customers.

The initiative is an effort to increase traffic to local businesses while decreasing traffic on major roadways.

Drivers benefit because they will be able to take a break from the gridlock while receiving special promos or discounts from businesses along their route.

For businesses that offer a jam promotional special, TxDOT and initiative partners will provide awareness through digital marketing. Initiative partners are Metropia Inc., the Downtown Management District, Sunland Park Mall, the City of El Paso’s Traffic Mitigation Team and the GO 10 project.  All partners offer a significant reach to thousands of people via social media, e-blasts, newsletters, mobile app users, and websites.

The following businesses are committed to participating in the Traffic Jam Initiative and are now offering jam specials.  [Listed in geographical order along North Mesa Street, starting downtown and headed north.]

Business                                                                        Address

DOWNTOWN

  1. Nolita Corner Bistro                         420 E. San Antonio, El Paso, TX 79901
  1. The Pizza Joint                                   500 N. Stanton, El Paso, TX 79901

MESA STREET

  1. Pet’s Barn                           2301 N. Mesa St., #20, El Paso, TX 79902
  2. Papa John’s Pizza                          2600 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79912
  3. Kern Place Florist                        2605 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79902
  4. Frozert Yogurt                         2609 N. Mesa, El Paso, TX 79902
  5. Just One                            2708 N. Mesa, El Paso, TX 79912
  6. The Pizza Joint                          2900 N. Mesa St., Ste. F, 79902
  7. Small Cakes El Paso                           2900 N. Mesa St., Suite G, El Paso, TX 79912
  8. Cheep Antiques                       3233 N. Mesa, Suite 208, El Paso, TX 79902
  9. Hunan Palace                         3737 N. Mesa, Suite D-2, El Paso, TX 79902
  10. Mesa Street Grill                          3800 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79902
  11. Nour Mediterranean Café                 3800 N. Mesa St., Ste C-10, El Paso, TX 79902
  12. Pockets Billiards & Fun                     4007 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79902
  13. Singapore Café                           4120 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79902
  14. Rulis’ International Kitchen              4176 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79902
  15. Simply Nutrition                      4400 N. Mesa St. #3, El Paso, TX 79902
  16. Angry Owl                            4799 N. Mesa, El Paso, TX 79912
  17. Mother of Pearl Vinyl                        4935 N. Mesa, Suite 6, El Paso, TX 79912
  18. Salon Quarter                        5411 N. Mesa, Suite 13C, El Paso, TX 79912
  19. Peter’s German Grill                         255 Shadow Mountain, El Paso, TX 79912
  20. Heaven Sent Florist                        6110 N. Mesa, Suite K, El Paso, TX 79912
  21. Coronado Prime Meats                    6535 N. Mesa, El Paso, TX 79912
  22. Psychic Lynns                          6633 N. Mesa St., Suite 104, El Paso, TX 79912
  23. Papa John’s Pizza                          6930 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79912
  24. Papa Pita                           7114 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79912

SUNLAND PARK

  1. Carinos Italian                        675 Sunland Park Dr., El Paso, TX 79912
  2. The Shoe Doctor                         750 Sunland Park Mall, Ste. E16, El Paso, TX
  3. Modas Carolina                       750 Sunland Park Mall, Ste. G6, El Paso, TX
  4. Dimage Digital Photo Studio            750 Sunland Park Mall, P08, El Paso, TX 79912
  5. Sharp Styles                         1055 Sunland Park Dr., El Paso, TX 79922
  6. Bob-O’s Family Fun Center               3851 Constitution Dr., El Paso, TX 79922
  7. Affordable Insurance Group             1055 Sunland Park Dr., Suite D, El Paso, TX 79922

New businesses are joining the initiative each week. The list of participating businesses – aka Traffic Jam Spots – is being updated online at bit.ly/URtraffic.

Analysis: Government is Expensive, No Matter How You Pay

Cutting prices can be expensive. The Texas Department of Transportation offered upthe most recent example of that, answering the Legislature’s question about what it would take to make the state’s toll roads free.

Turns out it would be pretty damned pricey. The state borrowed $21.1 billion to build those roads (some construction is still underway) and expects to spend a total of $38.8 billion paying off that debt. James Bass, executive director of TxDOT, told state lawmakers it would cost about $30 billion — that’s his educated guess, mind you — to cash out this year.

The upside? Free highways. But who has $30 billion sitting idle?

This sort of fantasy finance is not new.

Lawmakers wanted to kill the state’s unpopular business franchise tax last session, but they would have had to give up $4.7 billion in state revenue every year. That would mean, in turn, either coming up with money from somewhere else or cutting the same amount from current state programs.

Both of those things, it turned out, were less palatable than the franchise tax. They settled for a significant cut of 25 percent, but most of the tax — along with the government programs it supports — remains in place. State officials expect it to still bring in about $3.5 billion annually.

And they were able to make that cut last year, in large measure, because state government was flush with a vibrant economy boosting sales taxes and an oil and gas boom boosting others. Lawmakers had the ingredients for a popular concoction: cutting taxes without cutting programs.

They’ve promised to return to that idea, and took testimony this week from business groups that want the franchise tax completely rubbed out.

Property taxes are generally the biggest target, and for good reason: They’re the biggest non-federal taxes most Texans pay. The state itself doesn’t levy a property tax, but allows it as a source of revenue for school systems and other local government entities.

Wiping out property taxes and replacing them with higher sales taxes is an attractive conservative talking point: Wouldn’t you like to get rid of property taxes in Texas, along with the built-in increases that come with rising property values? And what if the replacement revenue came from sales and other consumption taxes over which taxpayers can exercise some personal control?

Here’s the counterpoint: Property taxes bring in a total of about $49.1 billion per year,according to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. (The number is inexact because not all local governments are required to report their property tax revenue to the state.)

The state portion of the sales taxes — at a rate of 6.25 percent — brought in $28.9 billion over the year that ended Aug. 31, 2015. That’s 55.9 percent of the state’s total revenue. Sales taxes on motor vehicle sales and rentals bring in another $4.5 billion, or 8.7 percent of the state’s revenue; $4.0 billion of that is from vehicle sales and use, where the rate is also 6.25 percent.

To bring in the $49.1 billion it would take to replace current property tax revenue, the sales tax rate would have to be raised to 16.87 percent. If the tax on motor vehicles was included, the new rate for the two sales taxes would be in the vicinity of 14.82 percent.

The folks at local town hall meetings across the state would love to be off the hook on property taxes, but they might not be too crazy about the bump in sales taxes.

That kind of increase would add $2,142.50 to the taxes on a $25,000 car. It would mean $1 in taxes for every $6.84 in taxable purchases.

There is, of course, another way to do it: The state could end property taxes altogether if lawmakers wanted to cut roughly a quarter of the state budget. If they could figure out how to cut that much without alarming and arousing voters, they would probably have done it already.

The same general arithmetic plagues other “simple” proposals — like the one to turn the state’s tollways into freeways.

The impulse to get rid of toll roads is relatively new, too. The toll boom in Texas was an answer to another math problem in state government. Texans wanted to ease congestion, but really, really hated proposals to raise gasoline taxes to pay for those roads. Political leaders settled on a more popular idea — that the people using a particular state benefit ought to be paying for it. User fees are one example.

Toll roads are another. They were popular, until the bills came due.

Author:  – The Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues

TxDoT meeting set for Jan 21st; Fate of Lincoln Center to be discussed

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoT) announced Monday that they will conduct a Public Meeting on Thursday, January 21st on proposed connectors between I-10, US54, Loop375 and State Road 1-110, but all eyes will be on the future of the Lincoln Center.

The former school, built one hundred years ago, has ping-ponged between owners and fates – narrowly missing demolition after the flooding from Storm2006. Now, expansion of the surrounding roadways may prove to be the end of the facility many call the Heart of El Paso.

The proposed project consists of constructing direct connectors, ramps, and/or auxiliary lanes and widening existing ramps and direct connectors between the four major arteries that meet and tower over the site. Officials say the improvements are needed to “improve mobility and address congestion on the existing roadway network.”

Supporters of the Lincoln Center have been very vocal as to their support for the school, hosting events and involving the community in save-the-property events through social media sites.

According to a TxDoT release, the project “may require the acquisition of additional right-of-way (meaning additional property may have to be acquired). The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the proposed project (and it is also a federal requirement to have public input for projects that are federally-funded) and gather input from the public on the current alternative layouts.”

The release went on to state, “Maps of the project study area and preliminary layouts of the project alternatives will be available for review and comment. Project staff will be available to answer questions.”

After the meeting, TxDOT will evaluate public input, refine the project alternatives, and identify a preferred design to evaluate further.

The public meeting, set for Thursday, January 21st,  will be conducted in an open-house format with an informational presentation given at 5:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to do so at their convenience between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Below is more information regarding the meeting, as provided by TxDoT.

Persons interested in attending the Public Meeting that have special communication or accommodation needs should contact TxDOT El Paso District Public Information Office, Blanca Del Valle, at (915) 790-4200 at least two working days before the meeting. TxDOT will make reasonable efforts to accommodate special needs as requested.

All handouts will be presented in English and Spanish.

Written comments from the public regarding this project are encouraged. Comments may be submitted either at the Public Meeting or within 10 days after the meeting.

Written comments may be mailed to the following address: Blanton & Associates, Inc., Attn: 1-10 Connect, 5 Lakeway Centre Court, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78734.

Comments may also be e-mailed to I10Connect@hdrinc.com Comments must be postmarked on or before Monday, February 1, 2016 to be included as part of the public record.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the project in more detail, please contact Antonio Santana, E.R., TxDOT Project Manager, at (915) 790-4200.

This meeting is part of an environmental review required by law that is subject to review, consultation and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for the project and are being, or have been carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated Dec. 16, 2014, and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and TxDOT.

I-10 CONNECT From Loop 375 (Cesar Chavez Border Highway) to Yandell Drive
El Paso County, Texas
CSJ: 0167-01-113, etc.

Thursday, January 21, 2106
5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center
Medical Education Building
5001 El Paso Drive
El Paso, TX 79905

TxDoT warns of hazardous driving conditions in El Paso and 5 adjacent counties

Hazardous driving conditions continue across the El Paso District which includes Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis and Presidio Counties.

“The safety of the traveling public is a TxDOT priority, and we respond to snow and ice situations as quickly as possible,” said Bob Bielek, El Paso District Engineer.

“Our maintenance crews work around the clock monitoring and responding to remove snow and ice from roadways. Crews have worked throughout the night plowing snow and de-icing roadways.   We will continue to monitor and treat roadways for the duration of the storm,” Bielek added.

TxDOT strongly urges drivers to reconsider any travel plans until conditions improve.  If they must travel, they should observe these winter safety tips.

  • Check area weather conditions on radio or television before starting a trip.

Motorists can call TxDOT’s toll-free highway conditions line at 800-452-9292 or can log on www.drivetexas.org  The New Mexico road conditions number is 1-800-432-4269.

  • Keep well back from snow plows. Don’t crowd the plow. Plow drivers can’t see directly behind their trucks. Sometimes they must stop or back up. Staying a safe distance behind a snow plow will protect you from possible injury, and protect your car from sanding material used on slick roadways.
  • Never drive through a snow cloud or other whiteout conditions. You can’t be sure if it is caused by crosswinds or a snow plow.
  • Use caution when driving over bridges and overpasses. These are the first to freeze.
  • Reduce speed and drive with caution. A vehicle needs at least three times more space to stop on a slick roadway. Visibility can also be reduced during winter weather conditions.
  • Be patient. Your trip time–including short commutes to work–could increase when adverse weather conditions exist.
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