Photo: El Paso County Historical Society
Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists should use extra caution in the coming days as rail work begins on Glory Road and temporary pavement markings are placed on North Stanton Street as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.
Beginning on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will begin placing specially fabricated curved rail at the corner of Glory Road and Oregon Street. To accommodate this work, Glory Road will be closed to thru traffic between Mesa Street and Randolph Drive. Oregon Street will be closed to thru traffic between Cincinnati Avenue and Glory Road.
While no motorists, pedestrians or cyclists will be allowed in the immediate vicinity of the work, motorists will be able to access the Glory Road Parking Garage from Mesa Street via Glory Road. The University of Texas at El Paso’s P-10 and P-11 parking lots will be accessible from Sun Bowl Drive via Glory Road.
Because crosswalks on the south side of Glory Road will be closed, pedestrians should consider alternate routes including the sidewalk on the north side of Glory Road.
This work will last approximately three weeks and sets the stage for crews to begin laying rail across Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive in mid-June.
Beginning on Friday, April 14, 2017, North Stanton Street will re-open to north-south traffic between Baltimore Drive and Cincinnati Avenue. Baltimore Drive will temporarily re-open to east-west traffic at this time, too.
Because of street widths and station configurations, Stanton will remain reduced to a single northbound lane south of Cincinnati. Track installation continues on Stanton Street south of Crosby Avenue.
All cross-streets between Schuster Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue have re-opened at Stanton Street. Meanwhile, Hague Road, Crosby Avenue and Rio Grande Avenue remain closed to thru traffic immediately west of Stanton.
Intermittent closures of cross-streets will continue as rolling paving operations continue along some parts of Stanton Street. Baltimore Drive will close again when rail crosses Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive in mid-June.
Stanton Street Street will remain reduced to a single northbound lane between Yandell Drive and Cincinnati Avenue. Motorists, pedestrian and cyclists should expected new traffic patterns though as the work continues. Beginning on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, northbound traffic will move from the east side of the street to the west side of the street between Rim Road and Cincinnati Avenue.
This change in traffic pattern is necessary to give crews room to safety construction boarding platforms along Stanton Street.
Many downtown commuters can expect an easier commute to and from the office beginning on Monday, April 17, 2017. All lane restrictions will be lifted on Kansas Street between Main Drive and Texas Avenue and between Overland Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue. Lane restrictions will continue on Kansas Street between Missouri Avenue and Main Drive and between Texas Avenue and Overland Avenue.
I-10 will be closed in both directions from 9pm on Sunday, April 23, to 5am on Monday, April 24, 2017, so crews can paint columns and place OCS poles. Stanton Street will be closed between Wyoming Avenue and Yandell Drive at this time.
Lane restrictions will be in place on Oregon Street between Wyoming and Yandell at this time.
Paso del Norte Trackworks crews have completed installation of rail and are presently completing concrete paving operations on the south side of Franklin Avenue between Oregon Street and Kansas Street. At the end of this month, eastbound traffic is scheduled to move from the north side of the street to the south side of the street so crews can complete repaving.
Also at this time, Stanton Street will re-open to thru traffic between Main Drive and Franklin. However, it will close to all traffic between Franklin and Missouri.
Crews have completed installation of some of the most complex rail and switching mechanisms along the entire 4.8 mile route along Santa Fe Street. Now, the intersection of 4thAvenue and Santa Fe Street is scheduled to close so it can be fully reconstructed to withstand the rigors of daily traffic and buses entering Sun Metro’s Burt Williams Downtown Transfer Center.
To accommodate this work, Santa Fe Street will be closed to thru traffic between 3rd Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue, beginning in early May. Also at that time, 4th Avenue will be closed between El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street.
Because work will be confined to the intersection, both streets will remain open for local access. However, no vehicles will be allowed to pass through the intersection as it is being reconstructed. Temporary pedestrian crossings will also be in place.
The reconstruction of the intersection is scheduled to be completed by the end of May. This is the last work for the El Paso Streetcar Project which will require complete closure of Santa Fe Street.
Traffic Impacts at Other Locations During the Week of April 17, 2017
- Glory Road between Oregon Street and Mesa Street
- Santa Fe Street between 4th Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
- Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Nevada Avenue
- Oregon Street between Missouri Avenue and Wyoming Avenue
- Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
- Father Rahm Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street