The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) has announced that contractors will modify their work schedule during the week of Pope Francis’ visit to Ciudad Juárez, both to ensure the safety of travelers and because of logistical realities associated with increased security.
Heightened security in South El Paso will make it difficult for work crews to access work zones and equipment yards during this period.
CRRMA officials have been advised to anticipate high volumes of traffic around streetcar work zones near the University of Texas at El Paso as individuals seek to attend the Catholic Diocese of El Paso’s “Two Nations, One Faith” event at the Sun Bowl.
Much of the utility work that is presently underway involves using heavy machinery to dig deep trenches in streets and sidewalks. Based upon the estimates of tens-of-thousands of individuals travelling through South El Paso, contractors will take extra steps to secure construction sites, remove heavy machinery and close trenches where possible.
The following road closures will remain in place during the papal visit:
- Kansas Street from Texas Avenue to San Antonio Avenue.
- Father Rahm Avenue from Santa Fe Street to Kansas Street.
The following streets will be temporarily re-opened during the week of the papal visit:
- All north-south streets crossing Father Rahm Avenue will re-open.
- Stanton Street will re-open from River Avenue to Arizona Avenue, but limited lane closures will remain in place in that area. A complete closure of Stanton Street from Montana Avenue to River Avenue is scheduled to begin following the Pope’s visit.
Work will return to a full schedule on Monday, February 22, 2016.