• December 5, 2021
 Kansas, Santa Fe Streets will Re-Open at Paisano Drive Overnight

El Paso Streetcar | Photo courtesy Flickriver/railfan44

Kansas, Santa Fe Streets will Re-Open at Paisano Drive Overnight

Following two weeks of round-the-clock work, crews from Paso del Norte Track works will re-open Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street at Paisano Drive overnight tonight, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Both intersections have been closed for fourteen days as crews worked 24-hour shifts to remove existing concrete, realign underground utilities, lay rail, pour concrete and re-stripe the streets through both intersections for the El Paso Streetcar Project.

The work was originally scheduled over several months, but crews compressed the timeline and accelerated work to minimize the impact on Downtown businesses and commuters.

As was previously announced, work will continue on Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue. That stretch of Santa Fe Street will remain closed to traffic. Additionally, motorists will still encounter lane restrictions on Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Paisano Drive and on Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue.

Overnight left lane closures on Interstate 10 through Downtown El  Paso which began on Sunday night will continue. The lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays for approximately six weeks. The lanes will re-open by 5 a.m. each day.

While work will be confined to the columns which support the Oregon Street and Stanton Street overpasses, lane restrictions will begin well in advance of the work zone to provide a safe work environment for crews. Eastbound lane restrictions on I-10 will begin near Schuster Avenue; Westbound lane restrictions on I-10 will begin near Cotton Street.

Crews will also place poles for the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) which will power the streetcars within the median of I-10 at Oregon and Stanton.

Beginning this week, Stanton Street is now reduced to a single northbound lane from Yandell Drive to Baltimore Drive as crews expand their work installing rail there.

Baltimore Drive, Robinson Avenue, University Avenue, Blanchard Avenue, Blacker Avenue, Hague Road, Crosby Avenue, Cliff Drive, and Rio Grande Avenue are closed to thru traffic immediately west of Stanton Street.

North of Crosby, work will continue through mid-April; South of Crosby work will continue thru late May or early June.

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  • In the beautiful city of San Francisco California their rail transportation department known as MUNI has an identical replica of the old El Paso City Lines streetcar just like the one pictured on the photo above.
    With the same color and decals including the crossed Mexican and American flag banner stencil in front of the streetcar.It’s number is 1073 and it operates on the F Line Market Street to Fisherman’s Wharf. As the city by the bay honors World cities that have street cars as far away as Milan Italy to Ireland, and all United States cities that had and still have these types of electric street cars.They are very popular with the tourist and local Franciscans.I hope that El Paso’s streetcars will become just as popular as the streetcars in famous San Francisco once they become operational.

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