The closure of the Carolina Bridge has been rescheduled for after the Memorial Day holiday.
In coordination with the City of El Paso Department of Transportation and the Union Pacific Railroad, it has been decided to keep Carolina Bridge open until Cadwallader Dr. re-opens. Since a number of school students walk in this area, in addition to School buses traveling in this area, the City will reach out to the El Paso Independent School District and inform the faculty and students on rail safety.
Thus, the closure of the Carolina Bridge has been rescheduled for the week of May 31 when the closure will remain in place for approximately 12 months.
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The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in partnership with the City of El Paso have programmed a project that will completely replace the existing Carolina Bridge structure that is located on North Carolina Dr. from Alameda Ave. to Franklin Dr., spanning across the South Pacific Railroad and Franklin Canal along those limits.
Starting Monday, May 31 at 8 a.m. the Carolina Bridge will be closed to traffic between Stiles Dr. /Franklin Dr. and Alameda Ave. (SH 20) and remain closed for the duration of the project.
The existing structure was built in 1958 and it’s length is 680 ft. with a width of 35 ft. It presently carries two-way traffic; one lane in each direction
The new structure will have one lane in each direction; a striped median for left lane turn; and sidewalks will be added in each direction.
The Carolina Bridge is a city-owned bridge requiring rehabilitation. The State’s Off-State system Federal-Aid Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program enables states to address the condition of bridges that are in need of significant structural improvements and provides a funding source to proceed with the necessary improvements.
The new Carolina Bridge will be built at a cost of approximately 8 million and should be completed within 11 months.