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Streetcar Work Continues: Franklin Avenue to Reopen, Allowing Direct Access to I-10 Monday

Starting next week, Downtown commuters will once again be able to use Franklin Avenue to get to eastbound Interstate 10, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority announced.

The important thoroughfare has been closed for the last two weeks as crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks relocated underground utilities related to the El Paso Streetcar Project.

All lanes of Franklin Avenue will be open by Monday, June 13, 2106; Lane restrictions on Stanton Street at Franklin Avenue will also be lifted by this time.

Utility work on Stanton Street will continue moving north in the coming weeks, including work which will require lane reductions along Wyoming Avenue. The exact dates of future closures have not yet been announced.

Kansas Street remains closed to thru traffic between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue until mid-August as crews continue working on storm drains there.

Kansas Street is schedule to closed to thru traffic between First Avenue and Paisano Drive by the end of Thursday, June 9, 2016. Lane restrictions will be in place on Kansas Street between San Antonio Avenue and Overland Avenue. This closure is also related to storm drain upgrades and is expected to last approximately two weeks.

Father Rahm Avenue remains closed between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street. North-south streets remain open to thru traffic.

Motorists who drive on Kansas Street should expect intermittent lane closures between Franklin Avenue and San Antonio Avenue where crews are beginning to drill foundations for the Overhead Contact System (OCS) which will power the streetcars.

Stanton Street will be closed to thru traffic between Blanchard Avenue and Boston Avenue beginning on Thursday, June 9, 2016. University Avenue will remain closed between Kansas Street and Mesa Street. Kerbey Avenue will remain open to east-west traffic.

Oregon Street is reduced to one land in each direction between Glory Road and University Avenue as crews for PDNT have begun preparing to lay rail in the coming weeks. University Avenue is reduced to one lane in each direction at Oregon Street. Oregon Street also remains reduced to one lane from University Avenue and Yandell Drive where utility relocation work continues.

Lane closures remain in place along Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Main Drive and between Paisano Drive and Loop 375. Overnight complete closures of Santa Fe Street between Paisano and Loop 375 will take place in the coming weeks.

Lane Closures at Other Locations

  • Oregon Street between Cliff Drive and Schuster Avenue
  • Campbell Street at First Avenue

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