Construction will soon being on improvements to Paseo De Las Luces, an iconic corridor in the heart of El Paso’s Downtown Shopping District that has long served as a gateway welcoming international travelers.
On Tuesday, City Council approved a resolution increasing the project’s budget to $6.4 million to cover an expanded scope of work. The project will be funded through a tax increment reinvestment zone and revenues from both Saturday parking meters and international bridges toll fees.
“This is more than just a street improvement project,” Capital Improvement Department Director Sam Rodriguez said. “This iconic corridor connecting San Jacinto Plaza to our international bridges will be reenergized. The project honors our cultural heritage while creating a great space for our residents and visitors, and serving as a catalyst for economic development for our binational and tristate region.”
Construction will begin this month and the work completed by the end of the year. The street improvements will enhance street and pedestrian safety while creating new economic development opportunities by bringing together public art, urban design, and neighborhood revitalization strategies.
Signature archways will adorn the entrances to the heritage corridor, adding to the great streetscape that will be both walkable and welcoming. In addition, string lights will span the width of the street and wrap around new trees. The decorative archways are part of the Sun City Lights initiative.
This project is part of the City’s efforts to promote the visual image of El Paso and enhance quality of life through recreational, cultural and educational environments.