Trolley on El Paso Street/Photo: EP County Historical Commission
Due to streetcar rail work, downtown commuters should expect new traffic patterns on and around Kansas Street beginning on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.
Southbound traffic will be shifted to the newly paved western lanes of Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Paisano Drive on Monday. This will allow crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks to repave the eastern lanes on which traffic is presently flowing.
Additionally at that time, Texas Avenue and San Antonio Avenue will close to thru traffic between Campbell Street and Kansas Street so crews can place concrete pavement in the eastern half of the intersections. Traffic on Kansas Street will continue to be allowed through the intersection; southbound traffic will also be allowed to turn right from Kansas onto both streets.
Work is expected to last for approximately four to six weeks.
As was previously announced, work began laying rail earlier this week on Franklin Avenue. As a result, Franklin Avenue is reduced to a single eastbound lane between Oregon Street and Kansas Street. Mesa Street is reduced to one lane in each direction at Franklin.
In order to keep traffic flowing through this intersection, left turns will not be allowed from Mesa onto Franklin. Additionally, Stanton Street is now closed to thru traffic between Main Drive and Franklin Avenue.
Detour Routes into Downtown
As construction ramps up in the Downtown area, the CRRMA recommends motorists consider the following detour routes when entering Downtown from the following areas:
From Central El Paso, Eastside, Northeast El Paso and Mission Valley
- I-10 Exit 20/Cotton Street to Myrtle Avenue.
- Loop 375/César Chávez Border Highway, turn right on Campbell Street or Oregon Street.
From West El Paso
- I-10 Exit 19/Downtown to Oregon Street or Santa Fe Street, turn left on Paisano, turn left on Campbell Street.
- I-10 Exit 16/Executive Center Boulevard, turn left on Paisano.
Paisano Drive and Loop 375/César Chávez Border Highway are subject to occasional closure by other construction projects. Click here for more information.
Stanton Street remains reduced to a single northbound lane between Yandell Drive and Baltimore Drive as crews continue work laying rail there. The following cross streets remain closed immediately west of Stanton Street: Baltimore Drive, Robinson Avenue, Blanchard Avenue, Hague Road, Crosby Avenue, Cliff Drive and Rio Grande Avenue.
The following temporary modifications will be necessary as crews continue pouring concrete:
- Kerbey Avenue will be closed at Stanton Street thru Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
- As an alternate route for east-west traffic, University Avenue will temporarily re-open thru Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
- Cincinnati Avenue will be closed at Stanton Street from 1am to 9am on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
- Rim Road will be closed at Stanton Street from 1am to 9am on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
Overnight lane closures along I-10 through Downtown El Paso have resumed and will take place Sundays through Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Traffic Impacts at Other Locations Along the 4.8 Mile Route (Week of February 27, 2017)
- Santa Fe Street remains closed between Paisano Drive and Rather Rahm Avenue for track work.
- Lane restrictions on Father Rahm Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Father Rahm Avenue.
- Lane restrictions on Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
- Lane restrictions on Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue
- Lane restrictions on Campbel Street at First Avenue