Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks and its subcontrators are now working at six locations along the future route of the El Paso Streetcar. More locations and crews will be added in the coming weeks.
“It’s exciting to see the very first phases of this long-awaited and highly complex project underway at locations stretching from the Southside to near UTEP,” said Raymond Telles, executive director of the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority, the entity charged with overseeing construction of the project. “All of the work presently underway is utility relocation work which will make way for crews to return later in the year to begin laying track.”
As work continues to expand, the CRRMA would like to make you aware of work which is presently underway at the following six locations:
- Kansas Street in Downtown El Paso: Kansas Street remains closed from Texas Avenue to San Antonio Avenue.
- Franklin Avenue in Downtown El Paso: Lane closures remain place on Franklin Avenue and Kansas Street.
- Stanton Street north of Downtown: Stanton Street will remain closed from River Avenue to Arizona Avenue. Stanton Street will not close between Arizona Avenue and Montana Avenue on February 4 as originally scheduled.
- Stanton Street near UTEP/Kern Place: Lane shifts and sidewalk closures remain in place at the intersection of Stanton Street and Baltimore Drive.
- Father Rahm Avenue in South El Paso: Father Rahm Avenue remains closed from Kansas Street to Santa Fe Street. Stanton Street remains closed at Father Rahm Avenue.
- Maintenance and Storage Facility: Contractors continue work on the streetcar Maintenance and Storage Facility which will be located adjacent to Sun Metro’s Downtown Transfer Center.
Work at these locations is scheduled to begin the week of February 8, 2015
- Oregon Street near UTEP: Lane closures will be in place on Oregon Street between Glory Road and Robinson Avenue, these lane closures will move south on Oregon as work progresses.
- Main Drive in Downtown El Paso: Lane closures will be in place at the intersection of Main Drive and Kansas Street.
When utility relocation work is completed, crews will begin laying track later this year. After track is laid, crews will begin work on the overhead system of wires which will power the streetcars.