Trolley on El Paso Street/Photo: EP County Historical Commission
Streetcar utility relocation work will move into two new intersections later this week requiring motorists to consider alternate routes. Elsewhere, work continues at several locations along the 4.8 mile long route including utility relocation work and track work.
Beginning on Thursday, May 19, 2016, Stanton Street will be closed to thru traffic from Blacker Avenue to Cliff Drive. Hague Road will be closed to thru traffic from Kansas Street to Mesa Street. Crosby Avenue will remain closed to thru traffic between Kansas Street and Mesa Street for the rest of the week.
Lane reductions will remain in place on Schuster Avenue at Stanton Street until next week. Rim Road will remain open to east-west traffic at Stanton Street.
As work is completed, closures will move north into other intersections along Stanton Street including University, Boston and Baltimore.
Also on Thursday, May 19, 2016, Wyoming Avenue will be reduced to two lanes at Oregon Street. This one-day closure will be take place between 9am and 3pm. Motorists who use Exit 19/Downtown from I-10 eastbound should consider alternate routes during this time including used Exit 18B/Porfirio Diaz Street.
Santa Fe Street remains reduced to one lane in each direction between Franklin Avenue and San Antonio Avenue. Main Drive remains closed to thru traffic at Santa Fe. Additionally, intermittent lane closures continue on Santa Fe Street between Loop 375 and Paisano Drive.
Lane restrictions continue through the intersection of Mesa Street and Franklin Avenue. In the coming weeks, work will require a complete closure of Franklin Avenue at Stanton Street and a complete closure of Stanton Street between Franklin Avenue and Wyoming Avenue.
An exact date for that work has not yet been announced.
Oregon Street remains reduced to one lane in each direction between Glory Road and University Avenue. University Avenue remains reduced to one lane in each direction at Oregon Street. Cincinnati Avenue and Robinson Avenue remain closed to thru traffic at Oregon. These closures will last through mid-August.
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, Complete Closures Continue at Other Locations
- Kansas Street: Complete closure from Paisano Drive to Father Rahm Avenue.
- Father Rahm Avenue: Complete closure from Santa Fe Street to Kansas Street.
- Oregon Street: Intermittent lane closures from University Avenue to Yandell Drive.
- Stanton Street: Intermittent lane closures from Baltimore Drive to Yandell Drive.
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