Almost a month after a tractor-trailer driver ran his semi-truck into the overpass, crews with El Paso Electric and the Texas Department of Transportation are set to start repairs to the damaged utility bridge.
The repairs begin Sunday night August 12, when EPE Crews will require a full eastbound and westbound closure on I-10 in the downtown area, beginning at 9 p.m. Crews will remove the existing wires from the damaged utility bridge before the repairs to the bridge begin next week.
Additionally, Wyoming Avenue will be completely closed from North Santa Fe Street to North Stanton Street.
The work is scheduled to be completed before 6 a.m. on Monday, August 13, then rebuilding of the damaged utility bridge in Downtown El Paso is scheduled to begin next weekend.
The continuous, weekend-long closure of I-10 at Downtown will start Friday, August 17th at 8 p.m. and run through Monday, August 19th at 5 a.m.
In preparation, I-10 East will also be closed Wednesday, August 15 and Thursday, August 16th from 8 p.m.-5a.m., nightly. Traffic will exit and enter I-10 at Downtown.
“Drivers should utilize alternate routes or plan for extra travel time if they plan to be Downtown during this time. Additional congestion can be expected on the detour route as Yandell and Wyoming will be down to one lane during the closure to allow for utility work,” said TxDOT El Paso District Engineer Bob Bielek.
The repair plan includes demolishing then replacing two damaged beams, removing then replacing guardrail, and reconfiguring travel lanes to their original configuration.
“While work will happen on the westbound side of I-10 next weekend, the closure of the eastbound lanes is need for positioning of equipment,” said Bielek. “We expect both sides of the interstate to open simultaneously in time for Monday morning’s rush hour traffic.”
Additional closures related to preparatory work may be required as utility coordination continues. Drivers are encouraged to follow developments on Twitter and look for messages on dynamic message boards along I-10 and related routes.
Coordination with other TxDOT construction projects in progress will ensure drivers have alternate routes on Paisano, US 54, Loop 375/Border Highway and Transmountain free of closures during the designated weekend.