El Paso Streetcar, headed north / Photo -El Paso County Historical Commission
Many Downtown motorists will soon have an easier commute as the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority announced that several key thoroughfares will reopen in the coming days and weeks. However, even as some streets reopen, new detours and closures are expected at other locations along the 4.8-mile route.
These closures are necessary as crews work on utility relocations related to the El Paso Streetcar Project.
Kansas Street is expected to fully reopen between Main Drive and San Antonio Avenue by the end of this week. San Antonio Avenue is expected to fully reopen to eastbound traffic between Stanton Street and Kansas Street, also before the end of this week. San Antonio will reopen westbound traffic in the coming weeks.
Additionally, San Antonio Avenue will reopen to eastbound and westbound traffic at Santa Fe Street. Lane restrictions, however, remain in place on Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue.
All lanes of Yandell Drive will reopen at Stanton Street before the end of this week. Stanton Street will reopen between Missouri Avenue and Yandell Drive, also before the end of this week. Stanton Street is expected to reopen between Yandell and Montana early next week.
All lanes of the Franklin Avenue/Oregon Street intersection and the Franklin Avenue/Stanton Street intersection are expected to reopen next week. Also next week, new lane restrictions are expected to be put in place at the intersection of Mesa Street and Franklin Avenue.
Santa Fe Street remains reduced to one lane in each direction between San Antonio Avenue and Franklin Avenue. Beginning during the week of May 9, 2016, Santa Fe Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction at Father Rahm Avenue; Father Rahm Avenue remains closed from Santa Fe Street to Kansas Street.
Motorists who use Santa Fe Street to access Downtown from Loop 375 should consider alternate northbound routes such as Park Street and Campbell Street.
Beginning on Monday, May 9, 2016, the intersection of Stanton Street and Crosby Avenue will be closed in all directions. As work progresses in this intersection, work will move into the Stanton Street/Schuster Avenue intersection.
Later this month, work is expected to return to Stanton Street requiring a complete closure of the Street north of Franklin Avenue.
Lane Closures at Other Locations
- First Avenue from Campbell Street to Kansas Street
- Campbell Street at First Avenue
- Intermittent lane closures on Oregon Street from River Avenue to Glory Road
- Intermittent lane closures on Stanton Street from River Avenue to Baltimore Drive
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