Pedestrian Safety Project along Montana Avenue begins Monday

Beginning Monday, March 15, the City of El Paso will begin a construction project that will enhance the safety of pedestrian traffic on Montana Avenue from Raynor Street to Chelsea Street.

City officials say the improvements include new traffic signal upgrades at the intersections of Montana and Raynor and Montana and Chelsea.

Additional upgrades include Accessible Pedestrian Signal (APS) systems, ADA accessible sidewalks, curbs and ramps, as well as driveway reconstructions and the installation of landscaping in order to enhance the visual image of the area and increase the overall safety for pedestrians utilizing the area.

“This construction project—with an approximate budget of $3.2 million—will also improve pedestrian connectivity along the Montana Brio route which will begin construction in the future; and encourage economic activity by providing improved pedestrian amenities,” city officials shared via a news release.

“This project is part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to enhance our comprehensive regional transportation system,” officials added.

As part of the construction, a driveway located on Montana for visitors to the Police Headquarters, will be closed, and visitors to the police station will be instructed to enter through a second driveway located on North Raynor Street. 

Signage marking the construction and detour routes will be in place throughout the project, which is expected to be completed in the Winter of 2021.

Officials say that motorists who utilize this route as part of their daily commute are encouraged to seek alternative routes.

The construction schedule, along with the detours are subject to change depending on weather conditions and unforeseeable circumstances.