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Streetcar Work will Result in Two-week Closure as Rail Crosses Paisano Drive

Motorists are reminded that the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority has scheduled work to lay rail for the El Paso Streetcar Project across Paisano Drive at Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street in January.

To accommodate this work, the following closures will be in place between Tuesday, January 17, and Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

  • Paisano Drive closed to thru traffic between Chihuahua Street and El Paso Street
  • Paisano Drive closed to thru traffic between Stanton Street and Campbell Street
  • Santa Fe Street closed to thru traffic between Father Rahm Avenue and Overland Avenue
  • Kansas Street closed to thru traffic between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue

Motorists who traverse Downtown El Paso on Paisano Drive will be re-routed onto a marked east-west alterate route utilizing San Antonio Avenue. Motorists who typically use downtown streets to connect between Interstate 10 and Loop 375 will be re-routed onto marked north-south alternate routes using Mesa Street or Campbell Street.

Although originally planned for in segments at different times over several months, Paso del Norte Trackworks will work at both locations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This approach will expedite the construction, thereby minimizing the closure time and overall impact of this work. Additionally, this work has been coordinated with the Border West Expressway project to complete this work before they re-open Paisano Drive in West El Paso to traffic.

While this work is being coordinated with the Border West Expressway project, motorists should be aware that work will continue on that project and additional closures not related to the El Paso Streetcar Project may occur at nearby locations during this period.

Beginning on Monday, January 16, 2017, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks are scheduled to begin installing rail along Santa Fe Street between Father Rahm Avenue and Paisano Drive. This rail is some of the most complex on the 4.8 mile route, because of the switching mechanism and curved rail which will allow street cars to enter and exit the Maintenance and Storage Facility which is presently under construction adjacent to Sun Metro’s Burt Williams Downtown Transfer Center.

To accommodate this work, Santa Fe Street will remain closed between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue thru approximately March 2017. The intersection of 4th Avenue and Santa Fe Street will be closed in March, April and May 2017.

Nightly Lane Restriction Scheduled on I-10

Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks are also coordinating closely with Texas Department of Transportation on work to reinforce the Oregon Street and Stanton Street overpasses which will carry the streetcar line over I-10 in Downtown El Paso.

To minimize the traffic impact, this work will take place overnight beginning on Sunday, January 29, 2017. During this work, the left lane of I-10 will be closed in both directions Sunday thru Thursday for approximately six weeks.

Traffic Impacts at Other Locations

The following street closures and lane restrictions will remain in place during the week of January 9, 2017:

Street Closures

  • Stanton Street between Crosby Avenue and Baltimore Drive (open to single northbound lane only)
  • Robinson Avenue, University Avenue, Blanchard Avenue, Blacker Avenue and Hague Road immediately west of Stanton Street
  • Franklin Avenue between Santa Fe Street and mid-block alley between Oregon Street and Mesa Street
  • Oregon Street between Main Drive and Missouri Avenue
  • 4th Avenue between El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street
  • Rio Grande Avenue between Oregon Street and El Paso Street
  • Crosby Avenue between Mesa Street and Stanton Street
  • Stanton Street between Rio Grande Avenue and Cliff Drive
  • Arizona Avenue between Kansas Street and Mesa Street
  • Nevada Avenue, California Avenue and River Avenue at Stanton Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
  • Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Nevada Avenue
  • Santa Fe Street immediately north of Paisano
  • Santa Fe Street between Main Drive and Franklin Avenue

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