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Stanton Street Closures are Modified as Streetcar Utility Work Continues

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority has announced that Stanton Street will close to all traffic between Yandell Drive and Montana Avenue after the morning rush hour on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

The closure is necessary as utility work related to the El Paso Streetcar project continues to advance. Rio Grande will re-open to eastbound traffic at this time.

Motorists who use Stanton Street to travel north should proceed to Mesa Street, Oregon Street, or El Paso Street which will remain open.

Montana will remain open at Stanton Street for the remainder of this week. However, Montana is scheduled to close to all traffic at Stanton Street during the week of March 28. Arizona Avenue is scheduled to re-open to westbound traffic at this time.

In early April, Yandell Drive will be closed at Stanton Street. This closure is expected to impact eastbound motorists on I-10 who use Exit 19A/Mesa Street to access destinations near Downtown.

During this closure, Motorists are encouraged to exit Cotton Street, taking Cotton to Arizona Avenue to access destinations north of I-10.

Elsewhere, crews continue making progress on utility relocation work allowing them to re-open Franklin Avenue to traffic between El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street; Santa Fe Street has re-opened to northbound traffic between Main Drive and Franklin Avenue. However, northbound and southbound traffic on Santa Fe Street adjacent to the Judson F. Williams Convention Center is reduced to one lane in each direction.

Further modifications to the Santa Fe Street traffic flow are expected soon.

Street and lane closures continue at several locations in South El Paso, Downtown El Paso, and near the University of Texas at El Paso:

  • Kansas Street remains closed to traffic between Texas Avenue and San Antonio Avenue.
  • Texas Avenue remains closed to traffic at Kansas Street.
  • Father Rahm Avenue remains closed between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street.
  • Lane closures continue on Oregon Street between River Avenue and Glory Road.

The CRRMA continues its outreach efforts by providing updates to several neighborhood and community groups in the coming weeks as as work continues to advance on the El Paso Streetcar project.

“The utility relocation work which is currently underway requires simultaneous street and lane closures at several locations along the 4.8 mile route,” said Raymond Telles, Executive Director of the CRRMA. “We’re thankful for the patience and understanding of residents and businesses along the route and we will continue to share the latest information while also providing multiple opportunities to hear directly from them.”

The CRRMA will present at the El Paso Neighborhood Coalition’s monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016,at the Pat O’Rourke Recreation Center, 701 N. Virginia Street, and at the Kern Place Association’s Annual Meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Mesita Elementary School, 3307 N. Stanton Street.

The CRRMA has also scheduled an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at Sacred Heart Church, 602 S. Oregon Street.

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