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El Pasoans Invited to ‘Make Your Mark’ on Final Rail for El Paso Streetcar Project

But for a section about 25 feet long, all rail for the El Paso Streetcar Project has been placed along the entire 4.8 mile route stretching from South El Paso to Downtown to the Kern Place/UTEP area.

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, El Pasoans are invited to take a few moments out of their day to stop-in and sign what will be the very last piece of rail which will be placed as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project.

“In the coming weeks, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will weld that final piece of rail into place signifying the end of major construction work for this project,” said Raymond Telles, executive director of the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

“However, that doesn’t mean the streetcars are ready to roll just yet — crews must continue work on the overhead system which will power the streetcars which are still being renovated in Brookville, Penn. When those streetcars return later this year, we’ll begin a 6-12 month testing phase which must be completed before the City of El Paso is able to begin streetcar service,” Telles added.

The CRRMA will have special markers and commemorative giveaways available in the 500 Block of North Stanton Street in Downtown El Paso between 10am and 1pm.

Streetcar Work Results in Changes To Traffic Patterns Starting Wednesday

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists should anticipate new temporary traffic patterns in the coming days as rail work related to the El Paso Streetcar Projects continues to advance toward its conclusion, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

The changes, and the associated work, may shift a bit due to weather.

Beginning on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, a lane shift will be in place on Franklin Avenue between Stanton Street and Mesa Street. This will last approximately 2 weeks.

Father Rahm will be closed between Santa Fe and El Paso Street for one day on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 for paving. The street will reopen on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

Beginning the week of August 7, 2017, two-way traffic on Stanton Street between Yandell Drive and Schuster Avenue will shift from the east side of the street to the west side of the street. All cross streets are open at Stanton.

Also during this time, crews will begin preliminary striping work on North Stanton Street in advance of final striping related to the El Paso Streetcar Project, which is scheduled to begin the week of August 7, 2017.

On Sunday, August 6, 20174th between Santa Fe and El Paso will be closed for one day.

Beginning the week of August 14, 2017, crews will take up four parking spaces on Franklin Avenue at Oregon to create bump outs. Sidewalk access will be maintained during this time, ADA ramp will be open in one week. Work in that area will take approximately two weeks. Franklin Avenue will remain open to traffic during this time.

The following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of July 31, 2017:

Complete Closures

  • Baltimore Drive between Stanton Street and Mesa Street
  • Glory Road between Oregon Street and Mesa Street
  • Nevada Street immediately west of Oregon Street
  • Rio Grande Avenue immediately east of Oregon Street
  • Oregon Street between Wyoming Avenue to Franklin Avenue
  • Stanton Street between Wyoming Avenue to Franklin Avenue

Lane Restrictions

  • Yandell Drive between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street
  • Wyoming Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street
  • Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Wyoming Avenue
  • Santa Fe Street between Father Rahm Avenue and 4th Avenue
  • Missouri Avenue at Oregon Street
  • Franklin Avenue between Stanton Street and Mesa Street
  • Missouri Avenue at Stanton Street
  • Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive

Final Rail Work for El Paso Streetcar Project gets Underway Starting Monday

After months of rail work at locations from South El Paso to Downtown to the UTEP area, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will begin their final wave of rail work in the coming weeks in the following three areas:

AREA 1 — Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive

Beginning on Monday, June 19, 2017, crews will begin work to lay rail across Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive. To keep traffic moving, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority has announced the following three phases of work to build rail across Mesa Street at the intersection of Glory Road/Baltimore Drive:

  • Phase I will run through the week of July 5, 2017: Glory Road will be closed between Oregon Street and Mesa Street; Baltimore Drive will be closed to between Mesa Street and Stanton Street. Crews will complete rail approaching Mesa Street on both Glory and Baltimore. Turn lanes from Mesa onto both of those streets will be closed.
  • Phase II will begin the week of July 5, 2017 and last approximately three weeks: Mesa Street will be reduced to a single inside lane in each direction as crews begin laying rail toward the center of the intersection.
  • Phase III will begin immediately after Phase II is completed and last approximately four weeks: Mesa Street will be reduced to a single outside lane in each direction as crews join the two sections of rail placed in Phase II. Baltimore will be open to local traffic only from Stanton Street.

These plans have been developed in coordination with the City of El Paso, Sun Metro, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the University of Texas at El Paso. While traffic will be allowed to flow in both directions on Mesa Street, motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes such as Stanton Street and Sun Bowl Drive.

Motorists will be able to access the Glory Road Transfer Center parking garage from Glory Road via Oregon Street. Pedestrian who usually cross Mesa at Baltimore/Glory, should consider alternate crossing locations.

AREA 2 — Oregon Street between Wyoming Avenue and Franklin Avenue

Beginning on Monday, June 19, 2017, Oregon Street will close to thru traffic between Franklin Avenue and Wyoming Avenue to accommodate track work. Cross streets will remain open but will be subject to lane restrictions. Work is scheduled to take approximately eight to ten weeks to complete.

AREA 3 — Stanton Street between Wyoming Avenue and Franklin Avenue

Beginning on Monday, June 26, 2017, Stanton Street will close to thru traffic between Franklin Avenue and Wyoming Avenue to accommodate trackwork. Cross streets will remain open but will be subject to lane restrictions. Work is scheduled to take approximately eight to ten weeks to complete.

When rail work is completed, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will continue other work along the route including sidewalk repairs, pole placement for the overhead cantenary system which will power the streetcars, and striping operations.

Traffic Impacts at Other Locations

The following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of June 19, 2017:

Complete Closures

  • Santa Fe Street between Father Rahm Avenue and 3rd Avenue
  • Santa Fe Street between 3rd Avenue and Paisano Drive (open to northbound traffic only)
  • 4th Avenue between El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street
  • Stanton Street between Wyoming Avenue and Yandell Drive
  • Oregon Street between Wyoming Avenue and Yandell Drive
  • Stanton Street between Yandell Drive and Schuster Avenue (open to northbound traffic only)

Lane Restrictions

  • El Paso Street at 4th Avenue
  • Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Yandell Drive
  • Yandell Drive between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street
  • Oregon Street between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street

In the coming weeks, crews will be working intermittently at locations throughout the downtown loop — which comprises Kansas Street, Father Rahm Avenue, Santa Fe Street and Franklin Avenue — to finalize some paving work and signal work.

That work will require short-term lane restrictions to complete. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are asked to use extra caution and obey all posted signs and barricades.

Video: New Images Released of El Paso Trolley Restoration

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) has released new photos of the historic streetcars which are being restored for the rigors of daily service by experts at Brookville Equipment Corporation in Brookville, Penn.

More than 1,900 miles from the street reconstruction, utility relocation, and rail welding of the El Paso Streetcar Project, the vintage vehicles which will roll again through Sun City streets are undergoing a transformation of their own.

In late 2015, six of El Paso’s classic Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars were taken to Brookville, Pennsylvania.  The company has over a decade of experience in restoring vintage streetcars for daily use — including PCC streetcars.

Brookville has restored cars for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

To read previous articles about the PCC cars, click HERE.

 

Streetcar Trackwork means Complete Closure of Santa Fe Street starting Tuesday

As crews continue work installing track in Downtown El Paso as part of the El Paso Streetcar project, motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists should expect to encounter the following traffic impacts in the coming days:

  • Complete closure of Santa Fe Street between San Antonio and Paisano begins Tuesday, September 20, 2016 to accommodate track work. Temporary crosswalk will be in place at Overland and Santa Fe, while existing crosswalks at Paisano at Santa Fe and San Antonio at Santa Fe will remain pedestrian accessible.
  • Thru traffic will continue to flow on Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Montestruc Court, which is reduced to one lane in each direction.
  • Lane restrictions will continue to on Santa Fe Street between 3rd Avenue and Father Rahm.

As work continues along the 4.8 mile route, the following street closures and lane restrictions will remain in place during the week of September 19:

Oregon Street continues to be open to northbound traffic only between Schuster Avenue and Nevada Avenue beginning. Schuster Avenue continues to be reduced to one lane in each direction at Oregon Street. Crosby Avenue, Cliff Drive, California Avenue, and River Avenue are also be closed to traffic immediately west of Oregon Street.

These closures are necessary as crews perform track installation along this section of Oregon Street. They will remain in place for approximately three months.

Complete Closures

  • Father Rahm Avenue remains closed to traffic between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street.
  • Kansas Street remains closed to traffic between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue.
  • Crosby Avenue, Cliff Drive, River Avenue, and California Avenue immediately west of Oregon Street
  • Main Drive immediately east of Santa Fe Street
  • Oregon Street between Missouri Avenue and Wyoming Avenue

Lane Restrictions

  • Schuster Avenue at Oregon Street
  • Stanton Street at Father Rahm Avenue
  • El Paso Street at Father Rahm Avenue
  • Mesa Street at Father Rahm Avenue
  • Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Yandell Drive
  • Intermittent Lane Restrictions on Kansas Street between San Antonio and Paisano to accommodate Overhead Contact System (OCS) drilling.

Weather Impacts

Much of the work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project cannot be completed during or immediately following heavy rain. As a result, occasional unanticipated changes in scheduled construction activities may be required.

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Streetcar Project Work Continues as Restoration of PCC Cars Revealed

More than 1,900 miles from the street reconstruction, utility relocation, and rail welding of the El Paso Streetcar Project, the vintage vehicles which will roll again through Sun City streets are undergoing a transformation of their own.

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) has released new photos of one of the historic streetcars which is being restored for the rigors of daily service by experts at Brookville Equipment Corporation in Brookville, Penn.

“We’ve been watching as this project becomes a reality in terms of the concrete and steel which we can see along the route, but it’s also exciting to see progress on the cars which are a signature component of this project,” said Raymond Telles, Executive Director of the CRRMA. “These photos also remind us of the multi-faceted nature of this project which includes restoration of the vintgage cars, extensive work along 4.8 mile route, construction of a maintenance storage facility downtown, and placement of the overhead contact system which will power the streetcars.”

The newly released photos show car number 1506 stripped down to its bare metal frame and sandblasted. All six of the historic Presidential Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars being restored by Brookville, will be upgraded with modern amenities including Wi-Fi and air conditioning while retaining the historic look and feel of the original streetcar line.

Each of the cars will be painted in one of three color schemes reflecting those used on El Paso’s streetcars before service was discontinued in 1974.

But before the streetcars can return to service in late 2018, much work remains for the crews of Paso del Norte Trackworks who are readying the route. Motorists should be aware of the following changes in traffic patterns in the coming days.

Overnight closures of Santa Fe Street will resume on Monday, August 29, 2016. Santa Fe will be closed to north-south traffic between Third Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue from 6pm to 4am Mondays thru Fridays. These closures will last for approximately three weeks. During the day and on weekends, current lane restrictions will remain in place on Santa Fe between Paisano Drive and Montestruc Court.

Lane restrictions remain in place on Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive and Franklin Avenue as track work continues in this area. San Antonio Avenue reopened immediately east of Santa Fe Street while Overland Avenue is now closed immediately east of Santa Fe. Main Drive remains closed to traffic immediately east of Santa Fe Street.

Storm drain replacement related to the El Paso Streetcar Project continues, meaning Father Rahm Avenue remains closed between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street. While north-south cross streets remain open at Father Rahm, motorists should expect to encounter lane restrictions on El Paso Street, Mesa Street and Stanton Street at Father Rahm.

Lane restrictions remain in place on Oregon Street between University Avenue and Yandell Drive. Crosby, River, California, and Nevada Avenues and Cliff Drive also remain closed immediately west of Oregon Street.  Hague Road and Rim Road have now reopened immediately west of Oregon Street.

As work continues at other locations along the 4.8 mile route, the following street closures and lane restrictions will remain in place during the week of August 29, 2016:

Complete Closures

  • Stanton Street between Missouri Avenue and Wyoming Avenue
  • Oregon Street between Missouri Avenue and Wyoming Avenue
  • Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue (including intersections)
  • Crosby Avenue between Oregon and Schuster (excluding intersections)
  • Crosby, River, California, and Nevada Avenues and Cliff Drive immediately west of Oregon Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Wyoming Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street
  • Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Yandell Drive
  • Missouri Avenue at Stanton Street
  • Campbell Street at First Avenue

Weather Impacts

Much of the work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project cannot be completed during or immediately following heavy rain. As monsoon rains continues across the Desert Southwest, occasional unanticipated changes in scheduled construction activities may be required.

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  • Call the bilingual project information line: (844) 252-RAIL.

Sections of Oregon Street near UTEP Reopen Friday

Key sections of Oregon Street near to the University of Texas at El Paso will reopen to traffic before classes resume for UTEP’s fall semester, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority announced Thursday.

All lanes of Oregon Street will reopen between University Avenue and Glory Road on Friday, August 19, 2016.

Also at that time, Oregon Street will reopen to northbound and southbound traffic between University Avenue and Schuster Avenue, however lane restrictions will remain in place there. Lane restrictions will also remain in place on Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Yandell Drive and on University Avenue at Oregon Street.

This section of Oregon Street marks the first time in the El Paso Streetcar Project that a section of street has reopened to traffic with newly-installed tracks embedded in the roadway. While crews have completed underground utility work, paving, sidewalk replacement, temporary striping, and track placement in this section, crews will have to return to install permanent striping and poles which will suspend the Overhead Contact System (OCS) which will power the streetcars.

The exact date for OCS pole installation has not been determined. Because pole foundations have already be placed, the installation of each pole only requires a small section of one lane to be closed for a few hours.

Much of the work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project cannot be completed during or immediately following heavy rain. As monsoon moisture moves into the Desert Southwest, occasional unanticipated changes in scheduled construction activities may take place.

As work continues at other locations along the 4.8 mile route, the following street closures and lane restrictions will remain in place during the week of August 22:

Complete Closures

  • Stanton Street between Missouri Avenue and Wyoming Avenue
  • Oregon Street between Missouri Avenue and Wyoming Avenue
  • Crosby Avenue between Oregon Street and Stanton Street (Excluding intersections)
  • Father Rahm Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street (Excluding intersections)
  • Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue (Including intersections)
  • Rim Road west of Oregon Street
  • Hague Road west of Oregon Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Montestruc Court
  • Wyoming Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street
  • Missouri Avenue at Stanton Street
  • Oregon Street at Father Rahm Avenue
  • El Paso Street at Father Rahm Avenue
  • Campbell Street at First Avenue 

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  • Call the bilingual project information line: (844) 252-RAIL.

August18-01 (1)

Video+ Story: Streetcar Work Accelerates in Downtown, New Lane Restrictions, Street Closures

As work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project accelerates in Downtown El Paso, commuters will encounter new lane restrictions on Kansas Street and Wyoming Avenue and a new complete closure of Oregon Street this week.

Beginning on Monday, August 8, 2016, one lane of Wyoming Avenue will be closed between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street for underground utility work. This lane restriction will impact motorists who use Exit 19/Downtown from eastbound Interstate 10. Motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes into Downtown including Exit 18B/Porfirio Diaz Street.

Then on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, Kansas Street will be reduced to two lanes between Franklin Avenue and San Antonio Avenue. This closure is necessary as crews work on foundations for the Overhead Contact System which will power the streetcars. Motorists who use Exit 19B/Downtown from westbound I-10 to access El Paso City Hall, the El Paso County Courthouse, and other downtown offices should consider alternate routes such as Exit 20/Cotton Street or César Chávez Border Highway (Loop 375) into Downtown.

Finally on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Oregon Street will be closed to all traffic between Missouri Avenue and Wyoming Avenue for utility work. Marked detours will be in place to assist motorists as they avoid this closure. Alternate routes include Mesa Street and Campbell Street. Lane restrictions which are currently in place within this block are not related to the El Paso Streetcar Project.

Stanton Street remains closed to all traffic between Missouri Avenue and Wyoming Avenue for utility work. As part of this closure, lane restrictions will remain in place along Missouri Avenue at Stanton Street for utility work.

Motorists who use Exit 19B/Downtown from westbound I-10 are encouraged to consider alternate routes such as Exit 20/Cotton Street or César Chávez Border Highway (Loop 375) into Downtown.

As work continues through the 4.8 mile route, the following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of August 8:

Complete Closures:

  • Santa Fe Street between Third Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue (weeknights 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.)
  • Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue (including intersections)
  • Father Rahm Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street (excluding intersections)
  • Crosby Avenue between Oregon Street and Stanton Street (excluding intersections)
  • Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Glory Road (open to northbound traffic only)
  • Hauge Road west of Oregon Street
  • Rim Road west of Oregon Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Loop 375
  • Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Schuster Avenue
  • Franklin Avenue at Oregon Street
  • Oregon Street at Father Rahm Avenue
  • Campbell Street at First Avenue

Much of the work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project cannot be completed during or immediately following heavy rain. As monsoon moisture moves into the Desert Southwest, occasional unanticipated changes in scheduled construction activities may take place.

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August2-01

Streetcar work means Overnight Closures for Santa Fe Street in South El Paso Monday

As work on the El Paso Streetcar Project accelerates, motorists who use Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso and South El Paso will be impacted by lane restrictions and overnight closures in the coming days, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA).

Beginning on Monday, July 25, 2016, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will close Santa Fe Street between Third Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue to all traffic weeknights from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. During daytime hours, existing lane restrictions will resume along Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive andCésar Chávez Border Highway (Loop 375). Overnight closures are expected to last approximately three weeks.

The Border West Expressway Project also has overnight closures of César Chávez Border Highway (Loop 375) between Park Street and U.S. 54 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. which continue through Friday, July 22, and will resume Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29.

Both project teams have coordinated to ensure residents of the Chihuahuita Historic District have 24-hour access by traveling via Oregon Street or Mesa Street to Border Highway to Santa Fe Street.

As was previously announced, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks have begun preparing to lay rail on Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Paisano Drive. This work includes removing asphalt along the eastern side of the street. When asphalt is removed and the ground has been properly prepared, crews will lay the rail.

As a result, Santa Fe Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Franklin and Paisano starting on Wednesday. Occasional closures of San Antonio Avenue and Overland Avenue at Santa Fe Street will also be required. Work in this section of the route is to last for approximately ten weeks.

Rail work also continues on Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Glory Road and on Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue.

As other work continues along the El Paso Streetcar Project’s 4.8 mile route, the following traffic patterns remain in place:

Missouri Avenue remains reduced to one westbound lane at Stanton Street. This lane restriction will last for approximately three weeks as crews continue utility relocation work. While Missouri will remain open, motorists who use Exit19B/Downtown from westbound Interstate 10 should consider turning left on Kansas Street or right on Campbell Street to avoid the lane restrictions.

Motorists should also consider using Exit 19A/Mesa Street and Exit 20/Cotton Street.

Stanton Street also remains closed to all traffic between Franklin Avenue and Missouri Avenue. Utility relocation work will continue moving north on Stanton Street in the coming weeks.

Complete Closures

  • Oregon Street between Cincinnati Avenue and Glory Road
  • Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue (open to northbound traffic only)
  • Stanton Street between Mississippi Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue
  • Baltimore Drive between Mesa Street and Kansas Street
  • Crosby Avenue between Stanton Street and Kansas Street
  • Rim Road west of Oregon Street
  • Hague Road west of Oregon Street
  • Main Drive closed at Santa Fe Street
  • Father Rahm Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Main Drive
  • Franklin Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street
  • Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive and Loop 375
  • Stanton Street between Cliff Drive and Schuster Avenue
  • Campbell Street at First Avenue
  • University Avenue at Oregon Street
  • Schuster Avenue at Oregon Street
  • El Paso Street at Father Rahm Avenue

As utility relocation work continues, overnight closures of Santa Fe Street between Father Rahm Avenue and Third Avenue will be required in the coming weeks. An exact date for this closure has not been announced.

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Santa Fe Advisory July 19-02

Crews set to Install 1st Rails for Streetcar Project; Street Closures Expand

Lane closures which have been in place along Oregon Street for several weeks, will expand this week as crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks prepare to begin laying the first rail associated with the El Paso Streetcar project.

Oregon Street will close to southbound traffic, but remain`n open to northbound traffic, between Cincinnati Avenue and University Avenue after the morning commute on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. This closure will give PDNT crews more room to work as they make final preparations to lay rail next week, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

ep railsWhile closures on this stretch of Oregon Street are expected to last thru mid-August, occasional complete closures of Oregon Street adjacent to Sun Metro’s Glory Road Transfer Center will be required.

The first of which is scheduled to take place during the week of week of June 20.

Last week, Sun Metro announced it would detour several bus routes off of Oregon Street to accommodate track work related to the El Paso Streetcar project. Click here for more on Sun Metro’s route modifications.

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are also advised of closures at the following other locations.

Stanton Street will be closed to thru traffic between Robinson Avenue and Kerbey Avenue beginning on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. As part of this closure, Boston Avenue will be closed to thru traffic at Stanton. The intersection of University Avenue and Stanton Street will re-open to thru traffic at this time.

Also starting on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, intermittent lane reductions will be in place along Kansas Street between Main Drive and Mills Avenue to accommodate utility relocation work. Lane closures will also be in place on Main Drive and Mills Avenue at Kansas Street. These lane closures are expected to last for approximately one week.

Kansas Street remains closed to thru traffic between Overland Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue as crews continue working on storm drains there. Overland Avenue, First Avenue, and Paisano Drive remain open to east-west traffic at Kansas Street.

Father Rahm Avenue remains closed between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street. North-south streets remain open to thru traffic.

Lane closures remain in place along Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Main Drive and between Paisano Drive and Loop 375. Overnight complete closures of Santa Fe Street between Paisano and Loop 375 will take place in the coming weeks.

Lane Closures at Other Locations

  • Oregon Street between University Avenue and Crosby
  • Stanton Street between Cliff Drive and Schuster Avenue
  • Campbell Street at First Avenue

 

Streetcar Work to Require Complete Closures of Franklin Avenue, Stanton Next Week

Several major streets in Central El Paso will be down to one lane or closed completely starting Tuesday, May 24th thanks to the on-going Streetcar Project.

Track work continues along Oregon Street, which remains reduced to one lane in each direction between Glory Road and University Avenue. Beginning on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Oregon will be closed to thru traffic between Robinson Avenue and Kerbey Avenue for approximately three days.

Motorists who use Franklin Avenue to access eastbound Interstate 10 in Downtown El Paso will need to use alternate routes beginning the week of May 30, 2016.

At that time, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will begin relocating utilities in the intersection of Franklin and Stanton. As a result, Franklin Avenue will be closed to thru traffic between Stanton Street and Kansas Street for approximately two weeks.

During that time, motorists should use Wyoming Avenue or Main Drive to Campbell Street to access I-10. During this closure, Stanton Street will be reduced to one lane at Franklin Avenue.

When that work is complete, Stanton Street will close to thru traffic between Franklin Avenue and Missouri Avenue for approximately four weeks. During that time, northbound motorists should use Mesa Street or Campbell Street as alternate routes.

During this closure, Franklin Avenue will be reduced to one lane at Stanton Street.

Stanton Street remains closed to thru traffic between Blacker Avenue and Cliff Drive. Hague Road and Crosby Avenue remain closed to thru traffic between Kansas Street and Mesa Street. Schuster remains reduced to one lane in each direction at Stanton Street. Rim Road remains open to traffic.

These closures are necessary as crews relocate utility lines. As work is completed, closures will move north into other intersections along Stanton Street including University, Boston and Baltimore.

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.

Kansas Street remains closed between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue. East-west cross streets are also closed at Kansas Street. Meanwhile, Father Rahm Avenue remains closed to traffic between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street. North-south cross streets remain open.

Lane Restrictions at Other Locations

  • Intermittent lane closures on Stanton Street between Franklin Avenue and Baltimore Drive
  • Intermittent lane closures on Oregon Street between Franklin Avenue and University Avenue
  • Intersection of University Avenue and Oregon Street
  • Intersection of Mesa Street and Franklin Avenue
  • Campbell Street at First Avenue

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Streetcar Work Closures on Stanton Street set to move North This Week

As preliminary track work for the El Paso Streetcar Project begins, underground utility work continues at other locations requiring new closures along the 4.8 mile route.

Beginning on Monday, May 16, 2016, Kansas Street will be closed to all traffic between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue. This closure is necessary to allow crews to continue work on underground utilities and replace curbs and sidewalks. The closure is expected to last through mid-August.

Motorists who use Kansas Street to access Loop 375 are encouraged to consider alternate routes such as Mesa Street or Park Street.

Santa Fe Street remains reduced to one lane in each direction between San Antonio Avenue and Franklin Avenue.Today, Santa Fe Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction at the intersection with Father Rathm Avenue. This lane restriction is expected to last fewer than 24 hours. Father Rahm remains closed to east-west traffic.

When work is completed in the intersection of Santa Fe and Father Rahm, lane restrictions will move north into other intersections along Santa Fe Street.

Father Rahm remains closed to east-west traffic.

Stanton Street remains closed Rim Road to Cliff Drive. Crosby Avenue will be closed to thru traffic from Mesa Street to Kansas Street. Lane restrictions will be in place on Schuster Avenue between Mesa and Kansas

As work is completed, closures will move north into other intersections along Stanton Street including Hague, University, Boston and Baltimore.

The first track work will take place on Oregon Street between Glory Road and University Avenue, where streetcars will run in the southbound transit lane.

To accommodate work, Oregon Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Glory Road and University Avenue beginning on Monday, May 16, 2016. University Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction at Oregon Street. Robinson Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue will be closed to east-west traffic at Oregon Street. These closures will last through mid-August.

An additional two- to three-week complete closure of Oregon Street near the Glory Road Transfer Center will be required over the summer to allow crews to replace additional concrete paving there.

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 at Other Locations

  • Kansas Street between San Antonio Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
  • Mesa Street at Franklin
  • Campbell Street at First Avenue
  • San Antonio Avenue between Stanton and Campbell Street
  • Intermittent lane closures on Oregon Street from Yandell Drive to Glory Road
  • Intermittent lane closures on Stanton Street from Yandell Drive to Baltimore Drive

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Stanton Street Closures are Modified as Streetcar Utility Work Continues

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority has announced that Stanton Street will close to all traffic between Yandell Drive and Montana Avenue after the morning rush hour on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

The closure is necessary as utility work related to the El Paso Streetcar project continues to advance. Rio Grande will re-open to eastbound traffic at this time.

Motorists who use Stanton Street to travel north should proceed to Mesa Street, Oregon Street, or El Paso Street which will remain open.

Montana will remain open at Stanton Street for the remainder of this week. However, Montana is scheduled to close to all traffic at Stanton Street during the week of March 28. Arizona Avenue is scheduled to re-open to westbound traffic at this time.

In early April, Yandell Drive will be closed at Stanton Street. This closure is expected to impact eastbound motorists on I-10 who use Exit 19A/Mesa Street to access destinations near Downtown.

During this closure, Motorists are encouraged to exit Cotton Street, taking Cotton to Arizona Avenue to access destinations north of I-10.

Elsewhere, crews continue making progress on utility relocation work allowing them to re-open Franklin Avenue to traffic between El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street; Santa Fe Street has re-opened to northbound traffic between Main Drive and Franklin Avenue. However, northbound and southbound traffic on Santa Fe Street adjacent to the Judson F. Williams Convention Center is reduced to one lane in each direction.

Further modifications to the Santa Fe Street traffic flow are expected soon.

Street and lane closures continue at several locations in South El Paso, Downtown El Paso, and near the University of Texas at El Paso:

  • Kansas Street remains closed to traffic between Texas Avenue and San Antonio Avenue.
  • Texas Avenue remains closed to traffic at Kansas Street.
  • Father Rahm Avenue remains closed between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street.
  • Lane closures continue on Oregon Street between River Avenue and Glory Road.

The CRRMA continues its outreach efforts by providing updates to several neighborhood and community groups in the coming weeks as as work continues to advance on the El Paso Streetcar project.

“The utility relocation work which is currently underway requires simultaneous street and lane closures at several locations along the 4.8 mile route,” said Raymond Telles, Executive Director of the CRRMA. “We’re thankful for the patience and understanding of residents and businesses along the route and we will continue to share the latest information while also providing multiple opportunities to hear directly from them.”

The CRRMA will present at the El Paso Neighborhood Coalition’s monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016,at the Pat O’Rourke Recreation Center, 701 N. Virginia Street, and at the Kern Place Association’s Annual Meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Mesita Elementary School, 3307 N. Stanton Street.

The CRRMA has also scheduled an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at Sacred Heart Church, 602 S. Oregon Street.

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First photos of El Paso’s Streetcars being restored released

In images released Tuesday afternoon, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) is giving El Pasoans their first look at the renovation of historic streetcars that will be returned to service as part of the El Paso Streetcar project.

On Thursday, El Pasoans will also have the opportunity to get their first up-close look at these images of the streetcars, see an actual sample of the track on which the streetcars will run and have one on one conversations with the team involved with the project.

The CRRMA will host a come-and-go style open house from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at the El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch at 510 N. Oregon Street.   Attendees will be provided with El Paso Streetcar memorabilia on a first come first served basis. Historical information about El Paso’s streetcar heritage and a schematic of work covering the entire route will also be available.

In late 2015, six of El Paso’s classic Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars were taken to Brookville, Pennsylvania, where they are being restored by experts at Brookville Equipment Corp. The company has over a decade of experience in restoring vintage streetcars for daily use — including PCC streetcars.

Brookville has restored cars for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

“The craftsmen and craftswomen at Brookville have unparalleled expertise when it comes to restoring historic streetcars for the rigors of everyday service,” said Raymond Telles, Executive Director of the CRRMA. “These streetcars will not only honor El Paso’s streetcar heritage, but they will serve as workhorses of El Paso’s multimodal mass transit system.”

Open House Event Info: Thursday, January 28, 2016; 5p to 7:30p at El Paso Public Library, Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon

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Kansas Street closure moves south as El Paso Streetcar project advances

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) has announced that crews have completed utility relocation work on Kansas Street between Main Street and San Antonio Avenue.

Some lanes of Kansas Street will reopen between Main and San Antonio on Friday, however motorists are encouraged to continue using alternate routes.

Starting on Friday, January 15, 2016, Kansas Street will be closed to traffic from Texas Avenue to San Antonio Avenue to allow crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks to relocate utility lines there in preparation for construction of the El Paso Streetcar Project. As part of this closure, Myrtle Street will be closed to traffic at Kansas. Texas Avenue and San Antonio Avenue will remain open to thru traffic at Kansas Street expect for short closures which will be required to finalize utility tie-ins.

As Kansas Street carries tens of thousands of vehicles a day from Interstate 10 to downtown destinations including El Paso City Hall, the El Paso County Courthouse, and the Federal Courthouse, motorists who use Kansas Street are advised to expect delays and follow all marked detours.

Additionally, they are encouraged to consider the following alternate routes:

  • Westbound traffic can exit I-10 at Cotton Street and access Downtown via Texas Avenue.
  • Eastbound traffic can exit I-10 at Downtown and turn right at Santa Fe, Oregon, or Mesa Streets.

During all closures, appropriate traffic control measures will be in place in impacted areas. Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists should also allow additional time to travel in these areas and are asked to observe all signs, barricades, and detours.

Work Planned at Other Locations

  • North Stanton Street is presently closed to northbound and southbound traffic between River Avenue and Arizona Avenue. That closure is also expected to move south in the coming weeks.
  • Later this month, crews expect to close lanes on Oregon Street near Glory Road.

Work Underway at Other Locations

  • Father Rahm Avenue is closed to westbound traffic from Mesa Street to Santa Fe Street.
  • Father Rahm Avenue is closed to eastbound and westbound traffic from Kansas Street to Mesa Street.
  • El Paso Electric (EPE) has finished installing all of the planned distribution poles on the north side of Father Rahm Ave. EPE will complete wire work from Santa Fe St. to Campbell St. on Sunday, January 17, 2016 and begin transferring equipment and services along Father Rahm through the end of January.
  • South Stanton Street is closed to northbound and southbound traffic at Father Rahm Avenue.

Residents, businesses, and schools will maintain access at all times during construction. The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority is coordinating directly with those impacted.

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  • Call the bilingual project information line: (844) 252-RAIL.

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