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Streetcar Rail Work turns to Kansas Street, Downtown El Paso; Detours for Motorists, Sun Metro

Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will finalize underground utility work and begin laying rail on a portion of Kansas Street thru Downtown El Paso in the coming weeks, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Beginning on Monday, October 3, 2016, Kansas Street will be reduced to a single southbound lane between Missouri Avenue and Texas Avenue to accommodate utility work which will last approximately one week. At this time, Main Drive will also be reduced to a single lane in each direction at Kansas Street for approximately three days. When work at Main and Kansas is complete, similar lane restrictions on Mills at Kansas will be required, also lasting approximately three days.

Beginning on Monday, October 10, 2016, crews are scheduled to begin preparing to lay rail on Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Overland Avenue this work will also reduce Kansas to a single southbound lane thru January. At that time Main, Mills, and San Antonio Avenue will be closed to thru traffic between Kansas and Stanton.

Texas Avenue will be reduced to a single lane in each direction at Kansas Street. Following this section of work, crews plan to continue moving south on Kansas Street between Overland Avenue and Paisano Drive.

Commuters travelling west on Interstate 10 from the Eastside, Mission Valley, Central, and Northeast El Paso who typically use Exit 19B/Downtown to Kansas Street, are encouraged to consider the following alternate routes:

  • I-10 to Exit 20/Cotton Street and access Downtown via Texas Avenue.
  • Loop 375/César Chávez Border Highway to Campbell Street to access Downtown.

Commuters travelling east on I-10 from the Westside, Upper Valley and Northwest El Paso are encouraged to consider the following alternate routes:

  • I-10 to Exit 18B/Porfirio Diaz Street to Franklin Avenue to Durango to Paisano to access Downtown.
  • Mesa Street to Texas Avenue.

To accommodate track work on Father Rahm Avenue, South Mesa Street and South Oregon Street will be closed to traffic between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue beginning on Thursday, September 29, 2016, and lasting approximately eight weeks. Lane restrictions will also be in place on Santa Fe Street, El Paso Street and Stanton Street at Father Rahm Avenue.

Father Rahm Avenue remains closed to vehicular traffic between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street. Kansas Street remains closed to vehicular traffic between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue.

Santa Fe Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Sunday, October 2, and Monday, October 3, 2016. This closure is necessary for the installation of underground utilities. Following this closure, existing lane restrictions on Santa Fe Street will resume.

As rail work continues on North Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Nevada Avenue, crews close Schuster Avenue between El Paso Street and Stanton Street between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Monday, October 3, and Tuesday, October 4, 2016. This closure is necessary for the installation of track. Following this closure, existing lane restrictions on Schuster will resume.

Oregon Street remains reduce to a single northbound lane between Nevada and Schuster. River Avenue, California Avenue, Cliff Drive, and Crosby Avenue remain closed to thru traffic immediately west of Oregon.

Lane restrictions remain in place on Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Yandell Drive.

Street Closures, Lane Restrictions at Other Locations

The following street closures and lane restrictions will remain in place during the week of October 3, 2016:

Complete Closures

  • Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive and San Antonio Drive
  • Main Drive immediately east of Santa Fe Street
  • Overland Avenue at Santa Fe Street
  • Crosby Avenue between Oregon Street and Stanton Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive and Montestruc Court

Sun Metro Detours Routes Due to Construction

El Paso, Texas – Sun Metro will be required to detour routes near the downtown area starting on Sunday, October 2, 2016, due to street car construction.

Sun Metro staff will monitor the impacted areas and assist passengers as needed. Sun Metro drivers will make courtesy stops along the detoured routes as required. Some of the construction may result in delays to routes with stops at the Downtown Transfer Center.

DETOURS

Route 18 detour starting 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2nd through 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3rd

Buses traveling outbound will not be impacted.

Buses traveling inbound south on Mesa will make a right on Executive, left onto Paisano and return to regular route.

Multiple detours starting Monday, Oct. 3rd-and continuing through Oct. 10th

Route 1

Buses traveling inbound on I-10 West will take the Cotton exit, make a left onto Cotton, right onto Myrtle and return to regular route.

Route 3

Buses traveling outbound from the Downtown Transit Center will get onto Fourth, make a left onto El Paso, left onto Paisano, left onto Santa Fe, left onto Loop 375 E and return to regular route.

Route 42

Buses traveling inbound on US-54 South will make a right onto Loop 375 W, right onto Campbell, left onto Myrtle and return to regular route.

Route 59

Buses traveling inbound on I-10 West will take the Cotton exit, make a left onto Cotton, right onto Myrtle and return to regular route.

Route 75

Buses traveling outbound on I-10 West will take the Cotton exit, make a left onto Cotton, right onto Myrtle, right onto Stanton, left onto Main, right onto Mesa, left onto University, right onto Oregon and return to regular route.

  • Commuters travelling west on Interstate 10 from the Eastside, Mission Valley, Central, and Northeast El Paso who use Exit 19B/Downtown to Kansas Street, are encouraged to use the following alternate routes: I-10 to Exit 20/Cotton Street and access Downtown via Texas Avenue.
  • Loop 375/César Chávez Border Highway to Campbell Street to access Downtown.

Alternate Routes into Downtown

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2 comments

  1. I can’t wait to see the return of El Paso’s electric streetcar service,nostalgia coming back to life in 2018!
    with this being said. I sure hope that El Paso has some huge development success with our streetcars like the city of Tucson has had with their streetcars. Resulting in over a billion dollars worth of new construction and development,in fact I think that it is already starting to happen now.

  2. I’m watching this project very closely. I rode on these old PCC’s before they took them out of service in 74 while stationed at Ft. Bliss. 2018 can’t get here soon enough!

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