El Paso Streetcar, headed north / Photo -El Paso County Historical Commission
Stanton Street will look dramatically different in the coming weeks, as crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks begin final striping work there which includes the final striping for the railway, roadway, and the installation of the region’s first-ever two-way protected bikeway.
The designs for Stanton Street’s new railway, roadway and bikeway were initially presented to members of the public at open houses held at Cathedral High School and the Don Haskins Center.
The bikeway, which is being installed as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project, will accommodate north-south bike traffic along the eastern side of Stanton Street between Arizona Avenue and Baltimore Drive.
It will include special signs, signals, pavement markings and delineators for cyclists.
To accommodate this work, beginning on Monday, October 16, 2017, parking will not be permitted on the eastern curb of Stanton Street between Arizona and Baltimore. In addition to delivering bilingual fliers door-to-door, signs and other markings will be in place to ensure motorists are aware of the parking regulations.
“The CRRMA exists to benefit the traveling public within the El Paso region through the development of additional transportation alternatives, including options like the El Paso Streetcar Project and the new bikeway along Stanton Street,” said CRRMA Executive Director Raymond Telles.
“As the placement of the tracks and bikeway are new additions to the area, we encourage motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to use extra caution traveling along Stanton Street in the coming weeks as we all get used the street’s new layout.”
While cyclists may be eager to use the bikeway as soon as the first markings go up, the CRRMA is also asking cyclists to refrain from using the bikeway until it is complete and officially open to the public.
The two-way protected bike lane being installed on Stanton Street is an innovative solution developed by the CRRMA and City of El Paso, which helps the City in its effort to achieve the goals established in its Comprehensive Bike Plan.
For more information, please contact the El Paso Streetcar Project directly at (844) 252-RAIL.