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City to Assist TXDOT with Carolina Bridge Reconstruction Project

Starting Sunday, November 6, 2016, the contractor for the Carolina Bridge Reconstruction project will utilize the proposed site for the Alameda Community Center, located at 7380 Alameda Avenue, as a waiting area for delivery trucks.

This will prevent delivery trucks from having to stand and wait along Alameda Avenue.

The area will be utilized for approximately six weeks, and is necessary in order to help alleviate potential traffic congestion related to reconstruction of the Carolina Bridge and ensure timely delivery of construction material as part of the bridge construction.

The Carolina Bridge Reconstruction project is being managed by the Texas Department of Transportation and encompasses the removal and replacement of the existing bridge and its approaches located at the intersections of Alameda Avenue and Stiles Drive.

This will allow the Texas Department of Transportation to complete the project on schedule, and when complete the bridge will have one lane in each direction, left turn lanes at each intersection, pedestrian sidewalks and ramps on both sides of the bridge as well as decorative fencing.  

Cadwallader Drive Railroad Crossing to Temporarily Re-open on Monday

The Cadwallader Drive railroad crossing will reopen on Monday, June 13, 2016, due to the Carolina Street Bridge Reconstruction Project.

The City of El Paso’s Capital Improvement Department has scheduled the temporary re-opening of the Cadwallader Drive railroad crossing to run concurrent with the duration of the Carolina Bridge Reconstruction project; the temporary re-opening will provide emergency vehicles and local traffic only with an alternative route during the bridge’s reconstruction.

With the temporary re-opening of the Cadwallader Drive railroad crossing, trains will once again be required to utilize air horns at the crossing throughout the duration of the project.

According to Federal Railroad Administration regulations, trains are required to use their air horns at all railroad crossings as a precaution for vehicles and pedestrians who are on or near the railroad crossings.

The Carolina Bridge Reconstruction project is being managed by the Texas Department of Transportation and encompasses the removal and replacement of the existing bridge and its approaches located at the intersections of Alameda Avenue and Stiles Drive.

The new bridge will house one lane in each direction, left turn lanes at each intersection, pedestrian sidewalks and ramps on both sides of the bridge as well as decorative fencing.  The bridge reconstruction project is estimated to take approximately one year to complete.

Proper traffic control measures will be in place to direct the traveling public through the affected areas while the work is in progress. The detour routes for thru traffic during the bridge reconstruction project will be Yarbrough and Delta drives.

Once the bridge reconstruction project is complete, the Cadwallader Drive railroad crossing will be closed permanently.

City to hold Public Meeting on Cadwallader Reopening during Carolina Bridge Reconstruction

The multi-million dollar demolition and reconstruction of a busy lower valley bridge and the subsequent reopening of a previously-closed rail crossing is the focus of an upcoming meeting between city officials and residents.

In conjunction with the Office of City Representative Emma Acosta of District 3, the City of El Paso’s Capital Improvement Department has scheduled a community meeting to inform the public of the Carolina Bridge Reconstruction project, and the temporary re-opening of the Cadwallader Drive railroad crossing.

The projects schedules will be shared at the meeting. Originally, the project was slated to start on May 16th, but due to concerns over pedestrian safety, the project start date was moved to May 31st. (Previous story HERE)

The Carolina Bridge Reconstruction project, which is managed by the Texas Department of Transportation, includes the removal and replacement of the existing bridge and its approaches located at the intersections of Alameda Avenue and Stiles Drive.  The new bridge will house one lane in each direction, left turn lanes at each intersection, pedestrian sidewalks and ramps on both sides of the bridge as well as decorative fence.

The temporary re-opening of the Cadwallader Drive railroad crossing will run concurrent to the duration of the Carolina Bridge Reconstruction project in order to provide emergency vehicles and the public an alternative route during the reconstruction of the Carolina Bridge.

The Cadwallader Drive railroad crossing will re-open shortly before the Carolina Bridge commences construction in the coming weeks.  Once the Cadwallader Drive railroad crossing re-opens, trains will once again begin to use their air horns at the crossing until the conclusion of the project.

According to Federal Railroad Administration regulations trains are required to use their air horns at all railroad crossings as a precaution for vehicles and pedestrians who are on or near the railroad crossings.

Once the project is complete, the Cadwallader rail road crossing will once again be closed permanently in order to re-establish the area a recognized quiet zone.

The Carolina Bridge Reconstruction project with an approximate budget of $7,848,000 is scheduled to be completed in approximately one year, and is part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to enhance El Paso’s regional transportation system.

WHO:          City Representative Emma Acosta of District 3 and the Capital Improvement Dept.

WHAT:         Special Community Meeting

WHEN:        6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016

WHERE:      Riverside High School cafeteria, 301 Midway Drive

Editor’s note: To view the previous story on the Carolina Bridge Project, click HERE.

UPDATE: Carolina Bridge Replacement Project to Start after Memorial Day

The closure of the Carolina Bridge has been rescheduled for after the Memorial Day holiday.

In coordination with the City of El Paso Department of Transportation and the Union Pacific Railroad, it has been decided to keep Carolina Bridge open until Cadwallader Dr. re-opens.  Since a number of school students walk in this area, in addition to School buses traveling in this area, the City will reach out to the El Paso Independent School District and inform the faculty and students on rail safety.

Thus, the closure of the Carolina Bridge has been rescheduled for the week of May 31 when the closure will remain in place for approximately 12 months.

***Previous story – with date correction below

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in partnership with the City of El Paso have programmed a project that will completely replace the existing Carolina Bridge structure that is located on North Carolina Dr. from Alameda Ave. to Franklin Dr., spanning across the South Pacific Railroad and Franklin Canal along those limits.

Starting Monday, May 31 at 8 a.m. the Carolina Bridge will be closed to traffic between Stiles Dr. /Franklin Dr. and Alameda Ave. (SH 20) and remain closed for the duration of the project.

The existing structure was built in 1958 and it’s length is 680 ft. with a width of 35 ft.  It presently carries two-way traffic; one lane in each direction

The new structure will have one lane in each direction; a striped median for left lane turn; and sidewalks will be added in each direction.

The Carolina Bridge is a city-owned bridge requiring rehabilitation. The State’s Off-State system Federal-Aid Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program enables states to address the condition of bridges that are in need of significant structural improvements and provides a funding source to proceed with the necessary improvements.

The new Carolina Bridge will be built at a cost of approximately 8 million and should be completed within 11 months.

 

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