El Paso Streetcar, headed north / Photo -El Paso County Historical Commission
As preliminary track work for the El Paso Streetcar Project begins, underground utility work continues at other locations requiring new closures along the 4.8 mile route.
Beginning on Monday, May 16, 2016, Kansas Street will be closed to all traffic between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue. This closure is necessary to allow crews to continue work on underground utilities and replace curbs and sidewalks. The closure is expected to last through mid-August.
Motorists who use Kansas Street to access Loop 375 are encouraged to consider alternate routes such as Mesa Street or Park Street.
Santa Fe Street remains reduced to one lane in each direction between San Antonio Avenue and Franklin Avenue.Today, Santa Fe Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction at the intersection with Father Rathm Avenue. This lane restriction is expected to last fewer than 24 hours. Father Rahm remains closed to east-west traffic.
When work is completed in the intersection of Santa Fe and Father Rahm, lane restrictions will move north into other intersections along Santa Fe Street.
Father Rahm remains closed to east-west traffic.
Stanton Street remains closed Rim Road to Cliff Drive. Crosby Avenue will be closed to thru traffic from Mesa Street to Kansas Street. Lane restrictions will be in place on Schuster Avenue between Mesa and Kansas
As work is completed, closures will move north into other intersections along Stanton Street including Hague, University, Boston and Baltimore.
The first track work will take place on Oregon Street between Glory Road and University Avenue, where streetcars will run in the southbound transit lane.
To accommodate work, Oregon Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Glory Road and University Avenue beginning on Monday, May 16, 2016. University Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction at Oregon Street. Robinson Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue will be closed to east-west traffic at Oregon Street. These closures will last through mid-August.
An additional two- to three-week complete closure of Oregon Street near the Glory Road Transfer Center will be required over the summer to allow crews to replace additional concrete paving there.
Track work will be primarily focused in zones which are several blocks long. Work in each zone will take several months to complete and typically progresses in the following fashion:
- Remove all existing pavement where necessary
- Precisely level the exposed ground by removing existing dirt and rock and replacing it with new material and in some locations installing new curb and sidewalks. (This phase will require three to six weeks to complete)
- Lay and weld rail segments which average 540 feet in length
- Pour 12-inch thick concrete slab around rail, requiring two to three weeks to fully set
- Finalize roadway repairs including final striping
Lane Restrictions at Other Locations
- Kansas Street between San Antonio Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
- Mesa Street at Franklin
- Campbell Street at First Avenue
- San Antonio Avenue between Stanton and Campbell Street
- Intermittent lane closures on Oregon Street from Yandell Drive to Glory Road
- Intermittent lane closures on Stanton Street from Yandell Drive to Baltimore Drive
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