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Streetcar work means Overnight Closures for Santa Fe Street in South El Paso Monday

As work on the El Paso Streetcar Project accelerates, motorists who use Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso and South El Paso will be impacted by lane restrictions and overnight closures in the coming days, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA).

Beginning on Monday, July 25, 2016, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will close Santa Fe Street between Third Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue to all traffic weeknights from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. During daytime hours, existing lane restrictions will resume along Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive andCésar Chávez Border Highway (Loop 375). Overnight closures are expected to last approximately three weeks.

The Border West Expressway Project also has overnight closures of César Chávez Border Highway (Loop 375) between Park Street and U.S. 54 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. which continue through Friday, July 22, and will resume Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29.

Both project teams have coordinated to ensure residents of the Chihuahuita Historic District have 24-hour access by traveling via Oregon Street or Mesa Street to Border Highway to Santa Fe Street.

As was previously announced, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks have begun preparing to lay rail on Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Paisano Drive. This work includes removing asphalt along the eastern side of the street. When asphalt is removed and the ground has been properly prepared, crews will lay the rail.

As a result, Santa Fe Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Franklin and Paisano starting on Wednesday. Occasional closures of San Antonio Avenue and Overland Avenue at Santa Fe Street will also be required. Work in this section of the route is to last for approximately ten weeks.

Rail work also continues on Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Glory Road and on Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue.

As other work continues along the El Paso Streetcar Project’s 4.8 mile route, the following traffic patterns remain in place:

Missouri Avenue remains reduced to one westbound lane at Stanton Street. This lane restriction will last for approximately three weeks as crews continue utility relocation work. While Missouri will remain open, motorists who use Exit19B/Downtown from westbound Interstate 10 should consider turning left on Kansas Street or right on Campbell Street to avoid the lane restrictions.

Motorists should also consider using Exit 19A/Mesa Street and Exit 20/Cotton Street.

Stanton Street also remains closed to all traffic between Franklin Avenue and Missouri Avenue. Utility relocation work will continue moving north on Stanton Street in the coming weeks.

Complete Closures

  • Oregon Street between Cincinnati Avenue and Glory Road
  • Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue (open to northbound traffic only)
  • Stanton Street between Mississippi Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue
  • Baltimore Drive between Mesa Street and Kansas Street
  • Crosby Avenue between Stanton Street and Kansas Street
  • Rim Road west of Oregon Street
  • Hague Road west of Oregon Street
  • Main Drive closed at Santa Fe Street
  • Father Rahm Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Main Drive
  • Franklin Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street
  • Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive and Loop 375
  • Stanton Street between Cliff Drive and Schuster Avenue
  • Campbell Street at First Avenue
  • University Avenue at Oregon Street
  • Schuster Avenue at Oregon Street
  • El Paso Street at Father Rahm Avenue

As utility relocation work continues, overnight closures of Santa Fe Street between Father Rahm Avenue and Third Avenue will be required in the coming weeks. An exact date for this closure has not been announced.

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