Several key downtown streets reopened Friday to make way for the tens of thousands of parade goes and ice skaters expected to flood Downtown El Paso for holiday festivities this weekend.
However, a new round of high-impact street closures will greet commuters as they head back to work on Monday Morning, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.
Kansas Street remains reduced to a single southbound lane between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahn Avenue. With rail work completed in the northern end of that work zone, Main Drive and Mills Avenue re-opened to east-west traffic at Kansas Street on Friday, December 2, 2016.
With rail now in place along much of Santa Fe Street, it will re-open to north-south traffic on Friday, December 2, 2016. Some lane restrictions will remain in place on Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Montestruc Court. Overland Avenue and San Antonio Avenue will reopen to east-west thru traffic at this time.
Intermittent work will continue along Santa Fe Street beginning on Monday, December 5, 2016. At this time, Santa Fe Street will be reduced to two southbound lanes between Franklin Avenue and Paisano Drive. This will allow crews to complete work while keeping the street open to as much holiday traffic as possible which is bound for the Judson F. Williams Convention Center and its parking garage.
On Monday, December 5, 2016, Texas Avenue will close to east-west thru traffic between Stanton Street and Campbell Street. This closure, which is necessary as crews continue laying rail thru that intersection, is expected to last approximately three weeks.
Also on Monday, Overland Avenue will reopen to east-west thru traffic at Kansas Street while First Avenue will closed to east-west thru traffic at Kansas Street.
San Antonio Avenue remains closed to traffic immediately west of Kansas Street. Myrtle Avenue remains open at Kansas.
Also beginning on Monday, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will begin preparations to lay rail along Franklin Avenue. To accommodate this work, Franklin Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Santa Fe Street and the mid-block alley between Oregon Street and Mesa Street.
Oregon Street will be closed to thru traffic between Main Drive and Missouri Avenue; It will remain open to local traffic, on-street parking, surface parking lot access, and parking garage access. Local traffic will not be allowed to cross Franklin Avenue on Oregon Street.
Because of the complex nature of switches and paving in this area, these closures will be in place for approximately 8-12 weeks.
Also starting on Monday, Stanton Street will be closed to thru traffic between Cliff Drive and Rim Road for final utility relocation work there, which will take approximately two weeks. Schuster Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction at Stanton Street. Crosby Avenue will be closed between Mesa Street and Kansas Street.
As work continues along the 4.8 mile route, the following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of December 5, 2016:
- Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Rim Road (open to northbound traffic only)
- Rio Grande Avenue, California Avenue, River Avenue, Cliff Drive and Crosby Avenue immediately west of Oregon Street
- Stanton Street between Nevada Avenue and Rio Grande Avenue
- Ariona Avenue between Kansas Street and Mesa Street
- Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Yandell Drive
- Yandell Drive at Oregon Street