El Paso Streetcar | Photo courtesy Flickriver/railfan44
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.