El Paso Streetcar, headed north / Photo -El Paso County Historical Commission
Commuters can expect relief on two major thoroughfares in Downtown El Paso beginning Friday, March 31st.
At the same time, residents of the Kern Place, Rim Road and Alexander neighborhoods can expect to see an uptick in construction activities along the northern stretch of the El Paso Streetcar Project’s 4.8 mile route, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.
Texas Avenue and San Antonio Avenue will re-open to east-west at Kansas Street on Friday, March 31, 2017. Both streets had been closed for several weeks as crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks fully reconstructed the intersections after laying rail for the El Paso Streetcar project.
With Texas Avenue open, Eastside commuters seeking an alternate route can once again get off of I-10 at Exit 20/Cotton Street and turn right on Texas, travelling east to Downtown destinations.
Commuters can also expect some relief on Kansas Street in the coming weeks. While some lane restrictions must remain in place as crews continue work on curb ramps and other concrete work, Kansas will re-open to three southbound lanes between Main Drive and Texas Avenue and re-open to two southbound lanes between Texas Avenue and Overland Avenue during the week of April 10.
Motorists, pedestrian and cyclists should use extra caution along North Stanton Street next week as crews will be paving Stanton between Baltimore Drive and Crosby Avenue beginning on Monday, April 3, 2017.Police officers will be on-scene to assist drivers as they navigate around machinery.
This paving work will allow crews to reopen North Stanton Street to north-south traffic between Baltimore Drive and Cincinnati Avenue during the week of April 10. Baltimore Drive will temporarily re-open to east-west traffic at this time. Because of street widths and station configurations, Stanton will remain reduced to a single northbound lane south of Cincinnati. Track installation continues on Stanton Street south of Crosby Avenue.
The following cross-streets remain closed to thru traffic between Stanton Street and Mesa Street: Baltimore Drive, Boston Avenue, Blanchard Avenue, Hague Road, Crosby Avenue, Cliff Drive and Rio Grande Avenue.
Franklin Avenue remains reduced to a single eastbound lane in Downtown El Paso as crews lay some of the most complex portions of rail on the entire 4.8 mile route. Franklin Avenue includes two switching mechanisms, which will allow streetcars to connect between the Uptown and Downtown loops.
While most work will be completed within the current lane closures, the following single night closures will be required as crews pour concrete on Franklin Avenue:
- Franklin Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Oregon Street and Stanton Street from 11pm onThursday, March 30, and 6am on Friday, March 31, 2017.
- Franklin Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Mesa Street and Kansas Street from 11pm onTuesday, April 4, and 6am on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
Stanton Street also remains closed to thru traffic between Main Drive and Franklin Avenue. In the coming weeks, this closure will move north to between Franklin Avenue and Missouri Avenue.
Crews have reschedule work to paint newly installed columns and place atop them in the median of Interstate 10 in Downtown El Paso. While originally planned as overnight lane closures, this work will require a single overnight closure of I-10 beginning at 9pm on Sunday, April 23, 2017. The freeway will re-open to traffic before the morning commute on Monday, April 24, 2017.
Eastbound traffic will detour onto Wyoming Avenue at the Downtown exit while westbound traffic will detour onto Yandell Drive via the Mesa Street exit.
As work continues throughout the 4.8 mile route, the following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of April 3, 2017:
- Glory Road between Oregon Street and Mesa Street
- Baltimore Drive between Mesa Street and Stanton Street
- Santa Fe Street between 4th Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
- Santa Fe Street between Main Drive and Franklin Avenue (Open to southbound traffic only)
- Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Nevada Avenue
- Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
- Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and San Antonio Avenue
Other Upcoming Work
Rail must be laid across Interstate 10 on the Stanton Street and Oregon Street overpasses. Because of the specialized material which is being used in this phase, complete simultaneous closures will be necessary. The exact date for this work has not yet been determined.
Rail must also be laid across Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive. While tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-June, exact dates for this work have not been determined.