Trolley on El Paso Street/Photo: EP County Historical Commission
After months of rail work at locations from South El Paso to Downtown to the UTEP area, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will begin their final wave of rail work in the coming weeks in the following three areas:
AREA 1 — Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive
Beginning on Monday, June 19, 2017, crews will begin work to lay rail across Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive. To keep traffic moving, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority has announced the following three phases of work to build rail across Mesa Street at the intersection of Glory Road/Baltimore Drive:
- Phase I will run through the week of July 5, 2017: Glory Road will be closed between Oregon Street and Mesa Street; Baltimore Drive will be closed to between Mesa Street and Stanton Street. Crews will complete rail approaching Mesa Street on both Glory and Baltimore. Turn lanes from Mesa onto both of those streets will be closed.
- Phase II will begin the week of July 5, 2017 and last approximately three weeks: Mesa Street will be reduced to a single inside lane in each direction as crews begin laying rail toward the center of the intersection.
- Phase III will begin immediately after Phase II is completed and last approximately four weeks: Mesa Street will be reduced to a single outside lane in each direction as crews join the two sections of rail placed in Phase II. Baltimore will be open to local traffic only from Stanton Street.
These plans have been developed in coordination with the City of El Paso, Sun Metro, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the University of Texas at El Paso. While traffic will be allowed to flow in both directions on Mesa Street, motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes such as Stanton Street and Sun Bowl Drive.
Motorists will be able to access the Glory Road Transfer Center parking garage from Glory Road via Oregon Street. Pedestrian who usually cross Mesa at Baltimore/Glory, should consider alternate crossing locations.
AREA 2 — Oregon Street between Wyoming Avenue and Franklin Avenue
Beginning on Monday, June 19, 2017, Oregon Street will close to thru traffic between Franklin Avenue and Wyoming Avenue to accommodate track work. Cross streets will remain open but will be subject to lane restrictions. Work is scheduled to take approximately eight to ten weeks to complete.
AREA 3 — Stanton Street between Wyoming Avenue and Franklin Avenue
Beginning on Monday, June 26, 2017, Stanton Street will close to thru traffic between Franklin Avenue and Wyoming Avenue to accommodate trackwork. Cross streets will remain open but will be subject to lane restrictions. Work is scheduled to take approximately eight to ten weeks to complete.
When rail work is completed, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will continue other work along the route including sidewalk repairs, pole placement for the overhead cantenary system which will power the streetcars, and striping operations.
Traffic Impacts at Other Locations
The following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of June 19, 2017:
- Santa Fe Street between Father Rahm Avenue and 3rd Avenue
- Santa Fe Street between 3rd Avenue and Paisano Drive (open to northbound traffic only)
- 4th Avenue between El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street
- Stanton Street between Wyoming Avenue and Yandell Drive
- Oregon Street between Wyoming Avenue and Yandell Drive
- Stanton Street between Yandell Drive and Schuster Avenue (open to northbound traffic only)
- El Paso Street at 4th Avenue
- Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Yandell Drive
- Yandell Drive between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street
- Oregon Street between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street
In the coming weeks, crews will be working intermittently at locations throughout the downtown loop — which comprises Kansas Street, Father Rahm Avenue, Santa Fe Street and Franklin Avenue — to finalize some paving work and signal work.
That work will require short-term lane restrictions to complete. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are asked to use extra caution and obey all posted signs and barricades.