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Streetcar Work will Result in Two-week Closure as Rail Crosses Paisano Drive

Motorists are reminded that the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority has scheduled work to lay rail for the El Paso Streetcar Project across Paisano Drive at Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street in January.

To accommodate this work, the following closures will be in place between Tuesday, January 17, and Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

  • Paisano Drive closed to thru traffic between Chihuahua Street and El Paso Street
  • Paisano Drive closed to thru traffic between Stanton Street and Campbell Street
  • Santa Fe Street closed to thru traffic between Father Rahm Avenue and Overland Avenue
  • Kansas Street closed to thru traffic between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue

Motorists who traverse Downtown El Paso on Paisano Drive will be re-routed onto a marked east-west alterate route utilizing San Antonio Avenue. Motorists who typically use downtown streets to connect between Interstate 10 and Loop 375 will be re-routed onto marked north-south alternate routes using Mesa Street or Campbell Street.

Although originally planned for in segments at different times over several months, Paso del Norte Trackworks will work at both locations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This approach will expedite the construction, thereby minimizing the closure time and overall impact of this work. Additionally, this work has been coordinated with the Border West Expressway project to complete this work before they re-open Paisano Drive in West El Paso to traffic.

While this work is being coordinated with the Border West Expressway project, motorists should be aware that work will continue on that project and additional closures not related to the El Paso Streetcar Project may occur at nearby locations during this period.

Beginning on Monday, January 16, 2017, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks are scheduled to begin installing rail along Santa Fe Street between Father Rahm Avenue and Paisano Drive. This rail is some of the most complex on the 4.8 mile route, because of the switching mechanism and curved rail which will allow street cars to enter and exit the Maintenance and Storage Facility which is presently under construction adjacent to Sun Metro’s Burt Williams Downtown Transfer Center.

To accommodate this work, Santa Fe Street will remain closed between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue thru approximately March 2017. The intersection of 4th Avenue and Santa Fe Street will be closed in March, April and May 2017.

Nightly Lane Restriction Scheduled on I-10

Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks are also coordinating closely with Texas Department of Transportation on work to reinforce the Oregon Street and Stanton Street overpasses which will carry the streetcar line over I-10 in Downtown El Paso.

To minimize the traffic impact, this work will take place overnight beginning on Sunday, January 29, 2017. During this work, the left lane of I-10 will be closed in both directions Sunday thru Thursday for approximately six weeks.

Traffic Impacts at Other Locations

The following street closures and lane restrictions will remain in place during the week of January 9, 2017:

Street Closures

  • Stanton Street between Crosby Avenue and Baltimore Drive (open to single northbound lane only)
  • Robinson Avenue, University Avenue, Blanchard Avenue, Blacker Avenue and Hague Road immediately west of Stanton Street
  • Franklin Avenue between Santa Fe Street and mid-block alley between Oregon Street and Mesa Street
  • Oregon Street between Main Drive and Missouri Avenue
  • 4th Avenue between El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street
  • Rio Grande Avenue between Oregon Street and El Paso Street
  • Crosby Avenue between Mesa Street and Stanton Street
  • Stanton Street between Rio Grande Avenue and Cliff Drive
  • Arizona Avenue between Kansas Street and Mesa Street
  • Nevada Avenue, California Avenue and River Avenue at Stanton Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
  • Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Nevada Avenue
  • Santa Fe Street immediately north of Paisano
  • Santa Fe Street between Main Drive and Franklin Avenue

Trolley Rail Work set to begin on Franklin Avenue after Thanksgiving; Fr Rahm to Reopen Thursday

Downtown motorists should expect closures on Franklin Avenue in the coming weeks while an important thoroughfare in the heart of South El Paso is scheduled to re-open in time to accommodate holiday shoppers, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority announced. This work is part of the El Paso Streetcar Project.

Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks are scheduled to begin laying rail on Franklin Avenue on during the first week of December.

In anticipation of this work, on Monday, November 21, 2016, lane closures will be in place along Franklin Avenue between Stanton Street and Kansas Street. Those lane restrictions will be in place for approximately two weeks.

Beginning on Monday, December 5, 2016, Franklin Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Mesa Street and Kansas Street. Also at this time, Stanton Street will be closed between Main Drive and Missouri Avenue. Lane restrictions will remain in place on Kansas Street at Franklin Avenue.

Because of the complex nature of the track and switching mechanisms in this area, this closure is expected to last between eight and ten weeks.

Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will begin paving Father Rahm Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street on Monday, November 21, 2016. Paving is scheduled to be complete on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

During this time, pedestrians will not be allowed to walk across freshly laid asphalt. Police officers and/or flaggers will direct pedestrian traffic around the area. Intermittent closures of north-south cross streets will also take place during this work

While Father Rahm Avenue will reopen to all traffic on Thursday, November 24, 2016, intermittent work will continue as crews finalize concrete work, lane markings, and above ground utility placement.

As work continues along the 4.8 mile route, the following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of November 21, 2016:

Complete Closures:

  • Oregon Street between Rio Grande Avenue and Schuster Avenue (open to northbound traffic only)
  • Arizona Avenue between Mesa Street and Oregon Street
  • Rio Grande Avenue between Oregon Street and El Paso Street
  • Crosby Avenue, Cliff Drive, River Avenue, and California Avenue immediately west of Oregon Street.
  • Stanton Street between Arizona Avenue and California Avenue
  • Arizona Avenue between Kansas Street and Oregon Street
  • Santa Fe Street between Overland Avenue and Franklin Avenue
  • San Antonio Avenue at Santa Fe Street
  • Main Drive at Santa Fe Street
  • Sheldon Court at Santa Fe Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Yandell Drive at Oregon Street
  • Schuster Avenue at Oregon Street
  • Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Nevada Avenue
  • Santa Fe Street between Montestruc Court and Paisano Drive
  • Stanton Street between Franklin Avenue and Wyoming Avenue

Nov 17 -1-01 Nov 17-01

Streetcar Work Advances on North Stanton Street this Week

Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists will encounter new traffic patterns next week as crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks continue laying rail and finalizing utility relocations for the El Paso Streetcar Project, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

The intersection of Stanton Street and Cincinnati Avenue is set to re-open ahead of schedule on Friday, November 11, 2016. On Monday, November 14, 2016, Stanton Street is scheduled to close to thru traffic between Robinson Avenue and Kerbey Avenue for final utility relocation work. As part of this closure, Boston Avenue will be closed to thru traffic between Kansas Street and Mesa Street.

This closure will last approximately one week.

No work will take place on North Stanton Street between Baltimore Drive and Robinson Avenue between Thanksgiving and Christmas to accommodate Holiday Shopping Season. However, after January 1, 2017, closures of Stanton Street will be necessary to install rail.

Beginning on Monday, November 14, 2016, Yandell Drive will be reduced to two westbound lanes at Oregon Street to accommodate underground utility work. This lane restriction will impact motorists who use Yandell Drive to access westbound Interstate 10 at Downtown. It is scheduled to last approximately eight weeks.

Franklin Avenue is scheduled to be closed beginning on Monday, December 5, 2016, to accommodate track work there. Mesa Street will remain open to north-south traffic at Franklin Avenue. Stanton Street will be closed to northbound traffic at Franklin Avenue. This closure will impact motorists who use Franklin Avenue Drive to access eastbound Interstate 10 at Downtown.

Before Franklin Avenue closes, Main Drive and Mills Avenue will re-open to east-west traffic at Kansas Street.

As rail work continues along Kansas Street, traffic remains reduced to a single southbound lane between Franklin Avenue and Father Rah, Avenue. To accommodate concrete paving of the intersection of Kansas Street and Texas Avenue, Kansas will be closed to traffic between Mills Avenue and Myrtle Avenue from 11pm on Wednesday, November 16, thru 6am on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Mills Avenue, Main Drive, San Antonio Avenue, and Overland Avenue remain closed between Kansas Street and Stanton Street.

As work continues along the 4.8 mile route, the following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of November 14, 2016:

Complete Closures:

  • Oregon Street between Rio Grande Avenue and Schuster Avenue (open to northbound traffic only)
  • Arizona Avenue between Mesa Street and Oregon Street
  • Rio Grande Avenue between Oregon Street and El Paso Street
  • Crosby Avenue, Cliff Drive, River Avenue, and California Avenue immediately west of Oregon Street.
  • Stanton Street between Arizona Avenue and California Avenue
  • Arizona Avenue between Kansas Street and Oregon Street
  • Santa Fe Street between Overland Avenue and Franklin Avenue
  • San Antonio Avenue at Santa Fe Street
  • Main Drive at Santa Fe Street
  • Sheldon Court at Santa Fe Street
  • Father Rahm Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street
  • Mesa Street between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • Oregon Street between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue

Lane Restrictions

  • Schuster Avenue at Oregon Street
  • Stanton Street between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • El Paso Street between 4th Avenue and 6th Aveue
  • Santa Fe Street between Montestruc Court and Paisano Drive
  • Stanton Street between Franklin Avenue and Wyoming Avenue

Nov9-01

Streetcar Utility Work to begin on North Stanton Street Tuesday

Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will begin final utility relocation work along North Stanton Street this week, allowing rail installation to begin there in early 2017, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Beginning on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, Stanton Street will close to thru traffic between Baltimore Drive and Robinson Avenue; Cincinnati Avenue will be close to thru traffic between Kansas Street and Stanton Street. As part of this closure, only southbound traffic on Stanton Street will be able to turn right onto westbound Cincinnati Avenue. These closures are scheduled to last approximately three weeks.

No work will take place on this section of North Stanton Street between Thanksgiving and Christmas to accommodate the Holiday Shopping Season. Additional complete closures of Stanton Street will be necessary to install rail beginning in early 2017. Rail installation work is scheduled to begin on Stanton Street in this area and move south.

Beginning on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Stanton Street will close to thru traffic between Arizona Avenue and Nevada Avenue. Arizona Avenue will close to thru traffic between Kansas Street and Stanton Street. As part of this closure, only northbound traffic on Stanton Street will be able to turn left onto westbound Arizona Avenue. This closure is scheduled to last approximately 6-8 weeks.

Beginning on Monday, October 31, 2016, lane restrictions on Oregon Street will extend south, meaning Oregon Street will be reduced to a single northbound lane between Rio Grande Avenue and Schuster Avenue. As part of this work, Arizona Avenue will be closed to thru traffic between Mesa Street and Oregon Street; Rio Grande Avenue will be closed to thru traffic between Oregon Street and El Paso Street. These closures are necessary to accommodate utility relocation work and will last approximately six to eight weeks.

Beginning on Monday, November 7, 2016, Santa Fe Street is set to reopen between Overland Avenue and Paisano Drive. When this section of Santa Fe Street reopens, Santa Fe is scheduled to close between Overland Avenue and Franklin Avenue.

Also at this time, Overland Avenue will re-open at Santa Fe Street and San Antonio Avenue will close at Santa Fe Street. This closure is necessary so crews can resurface the street and is scheduled to last approximately four weeks.

Work at Other Locations

As work continues along the 4.8 mile route, the following street closures and lane restrictions will remain in place during the week of October 31, 2016:

Street Closures

  • Father Rahm Avenue between Kansas Streetr and Santa Fe Street
  • Mesa Street between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • Oregon Street between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • Main Drive between Kansas Street and Stanton Street
  • Mills Avenue between Kansas Street and Stanton Street
  • San Antonio Avenue between Kansas Street and Stanton Street
  • Overland Avenue between Kansas Street and Stanton

Lane Restrictions:

  • Texas Avenue at Kansas Street
  • Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
  • Stanton Street between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • El Paso Street between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • Santa Fe Street between Montestruc Court and Paisano Drive
  • Stanton Street between Franklin Avenue and Wyoming Avenue

Oregon Street near EPCC Stanton Street near Cathedral

With Streetcar Rail Work Continuing, Portion of Kansas Street Reopens

An important link for commuters and residents in South El Paso is partially reopened, following months of rail work there; Meanwhile, work zones will soon extend near the El Paso County Courthouse and begin on North Stanton Street

One lane of Kansas Street is scheduled to reopen to southbound traffic between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue onFriday, October 21, 2016, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority which is managing construction of the El Paso Streetcar Project. Rail, new concrete paving, new sidewalks and new curb ramps have been installed along this stretch of Kansas Street.

Beginning on Monday, October 24, 2016, current lane restrictions on Kansas Street will extend south to Paisano Drive, meaning Kansas Street will be open to a single southbound lane between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue.

Main Drive, Mills Avenue and San Antonio Avenue will remain closed to thru traffic between Kansas Street and Stanton Street. Texas Avenue will remain reduced to one lane in each direction at Kansas Street.

On Tuesday, October 25, and Wednesday, October 26, 2016, east-west traffic on Texas Avenue will share a single lane and be regulated by a flagger or police officer.

Also on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Overland Avenue will be closed to thru traffic between Kansas Street and Stanton Street.

These closures will remain in place thru January; Myrtle Avenue and First Avenue will remain open to east-west traffic.

Father Rahm Avenue remains closed to traffic between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street as crews work to lay rail in that area ahead of Holiday Shopping Season.

Lane restrictions on El Paso Street will extend north to include the intersection with 4th Avenue on Monday, October 24, 2016,and last for approximately three weeks; 4th Avenue will remain open to east-west traffic.

Lane restrictions remain in place on Santa Fe Street between Montestruc Court and Paisano Drive and on Stanton Street at Father Rahm Avenue. Mesa Street and Oregon Street remain closed to thru traffic between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue.

Oregon Street remains reduced to a single northbound lane between Nevada Avenue and Schuster Avenue. Lane restrictions remain in place on Schuster Avenue at Oregon Street, however, two-way traffic set to switch to north side of intersection on during week of October 24, 2016. California Avenue, Cliff Drive, and River Avenue remain closed immediately west of Oregon.

Additional lane restrictions and closures on Arizona Avenue and Rio Grande Avenue at Oregon Street will be required for underground utility work and are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 31, 2016.

Stanton Street is scheduled to close to thru traffic on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, between Baltimore Drive and Robinson Avenue to finalize utility relocation work. This closure will last approximately three weeks. The intersection of Cincinnati Avenue and Stanton Street will be closed to most traffic; only southbound traffic on Stanton Street will be able to turn right onto westbound Cincinnati Avenue.

After January 1, 2017, complete closures of Stanton Street will be necessary to install rail. Work will begin on Stanton Street at Baltimore Drive and move south

Work At Other Locations

As work continues along the 4.8 mile route, the following street closures and lane restrictions will remain in place during the week of October 24, 2016:

            Street Closures

  • Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive and San Antonio Avenue
  • Overland Avenue and Santa Fe Street
  • Main Drive east of Santa Fe Street
  • Crosby Avenue between Oregon and Stanton Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Santa Fe Street between San Antonio Avenue and Franklin Avenue
  • Stanton Street between Franklin Avenue and Wyoming Avenue
  • Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Yandell Drive

Octob 19-01 Octob 18-01

Streetcar Work Closures on El Paso, Oregon Streets as Activity Accelerates on Father Rahm Avenue

Paso del Norte Trackworks will dedicate additional crews toward the completion of construction along Father Rahm Avenue beginning next week, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority which is managing construction of the El Paso Streetcar Project.

This is being done to complete work through the heart of South El Paso before the holiday shopping season.

FAther Rahm VerticleIt also comes as rail work is nearing completion along Kansas Street and making the turn on to Father Rahm Avenue, according to the CRRMA.

To accommodate increased construction activity in the area, beginning on Thursday, September 29, 2016, Mesa Street and Oregon Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue.

Lane restrictions will be in place on Santa Fe Street, El Paso Street, and Stanton Street between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue. Father Rahm Avenue and Kansas Street remain closed to vehicular traffic.

Also beginning on Thursday, September 29, 2016, crews will continue work on the foundations for poles which will support the Overhead Contact System (OCS) which will power the streetcars. As a result, moving lane closures will be in place along Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Paisano Drive.

Kansas Street will be reduced to a single southbound lane within this area. Also as part of this work, Main Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction at Kansas Street.

Beginning on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, crews will continue underground utility relocation work along Wyoming Avenue and Oregon Street.

As a result, Wyoming Avenue will be reduced to a single eastbound lane at Oregon Street at that time. This lane restriction will impact motorists using the Exit 19 to access Downtown from eastbound Interstate 10.

Santa Fe Street remains closed to vehicular traffic between San Antonio Avenue and Paisano Drive. Crews are finalizing rail installation there and paving the street as well. Lane restrictions remain in place on Santa Fe between Franklin Avenue and San Antonio Avenue and between Paisano Drive and Montestruc Court.

Overland Avenue, Main Drive, and Sheldon Court remain closed to vehicular traffic at Santa Fe Street.

The following street closures and lane restrictions will remain in place during the week of September 26, 2016:

Street Closures:

  • Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Schsuter Avenue (open to northbound traffic only)
  • Crosby Avenue, Cliff Drive, California Avenue, and River Avenue immediately west of Oregon Street
  • Crosby Avenue between Oregon Street and Stanton Street (excluding intersections)
  • Oregon Street between Wyoming Avenue and Missouri Avenue

Lane Restrictions

  • Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Nevada Avenue
  • Wyoming Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street
  • Stanton Street between Franklin Avenue and Missouri Avenue

Father Rahm Advisory Map

Streetcar work Moves South, New Closures and Lane Restrictions Start Friday

As crews continue work installing new storm drain and sewer systems in South 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:

  • Stanton Street will be closed to thru traffic between 6th Avenue and 4th Avenue from 9pm to 6am on Friday, September 9, and Saturday, September 10, 2016.
  • Overnight weekday closures continue on Santa Fe Street between 3rd Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue between 6pm and 4am. These closures are also scheduled to be in place on Saturday, September 10, and Sunday, September 11, 2016.
  • El Paso Street will be closed to thru traffic between 6th Avenue and 4th Avenue beginning at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, and reopening at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
  • Father Rahm Avenue remains closed to traffic between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street while Kansas Street remains closed to traffic between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue.

Overland Avenue and San Antonio Avenue will be closed to thru traffic at Santa Fe Street beginning on Friday, September 9thru Monday, September 12, 2016. Thru traffic will continue to flow on Santa Fe Street which is reduced to one lane in each direction between Franklin Avenue and Montestruc Court. These closures are necessary to accommodate the installation of track.

During the week of September 12, 2016, Stanton Street will occasionally be reduced to a single lane at Crosby Avenue. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic at these times. At other times, lane restrictions will remain in place on Stanton Street at Crosby Avenue as crews continue working on a power substation which will help power the streetcar system.

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 12:

Complete Closures

  • Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Schuster Avenue (open to northbound traffic only)
  • Crosby Avenue, Cliff Drive, River Avenue, and California Avenue immediately west of Oregon Street
  • Crosby Avenue between Oregon Street and Stanton Street (excluding intersections)
  • 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

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.

Sept 9

Streetcar work on Stanton Street moves North starting Monday

As utility work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project continues, the full closure of Stanton Street in Downtown El Paso will move one block north next week.

Stanton Street will re-open to traffic between Franklin Avenue and Missouri Avenue on Monday, August 1, 2016. At this time, Stanton will close to traffic between Missouri Avenue and Wyoming Avenue.

Also at that time, lane restrictions along Missouri Avenue will be modified. Missouri Avenue will remain reduced to a single westbound lane but traffic will shift from the north side of the street to the south side of the street at Stanton. Motorists who typically use Exit 19B to access Downtown El Paso from westbound I-10 are encouraged to consider alternate routes such as Exit 19A/Mesa Street or Exit 20/Cotton Street.

 Weeknight closures Santa Fe Street between Third Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue will continue through the middle of August as crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks relocate an underground wastewater lines to make way for eventual track work in the area.

Closures take place Monday thru Friday from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.During day time hours, Santa Fe Street will re-open to traffic but lane restrictions will remain in place.

Lane restrictions will continue for approximately nine more weeks along Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Paisano Drive. Crews have begun removing asphalt and dirt to make way for the 12-inch thick concrete slab in which rail will soon be placed. Beginning on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 San Antonio Street will be closed immediately east of Santa Fe for approximately one week.

As work continues through the 4.8 mile route, the following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of August 1:

Complete Closures:

§  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

§  Franklin Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Stanton Street

§  Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Schuster Avenue

§  Missouri Avenue at Stanton Street

§  El Paso Street at Father Rahm Avenue

§  University Avenue at Schuster Avenue

§  Oregon Street at Franklin Avenue

§  Campbell Street at First Avenue

Other Upcoming Closures and Lane Restrictions

As storm drain replacement continues along Father Rahm Avenue, lane restrictions will be put in place on Oregon Street at Father Rahm Avenue in the coming weeks. An exact date for this closure has not been announced.

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Streetcar Rail Work begins on Santa Fe Street, Lane Restrictions Set for Wednesday

Rail work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project will expand to a third location this week, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority announced Monday.

Beginning on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will begin 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

Other Upcoming Closures and Lane Restrictions

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 18-01

Streetcar Work Closes Franklin Avenue at Stanton Street on Monday

With rail work expanding along the El Paso Streetcar’s Uptown Loop and utility relocation work continuing along the Uptown and Downtown Loops, motorists are advised of several changes in traffic control beginning next week.

Beginning on Monday, June 27, 2016, Franklin Street will be closed to all traffic east of Stanton Street. This closure is necessary so crews can resume utility relocation work there. Stanton Street will be reduced to one lane at Franklin Avenue. Additionally, motorists should expect lane closures on Franklin Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Oregon Street and between Mesa Street and Stanton Street.

The closure of Franklin Avenue is expected to remain in place for approximately one week. Motorists who use Franklin to access I-10 eastbound from Downtown El Paso should consider alternate routes such as Wyoming Avenue or Campbell Street to Franklin Avenue.

When this section of work is complete, Stanton Street will close to all traffic between Franklin Avenue and Missouri Avenue.

Beginning on Monday, June 27, 2016, Oregon Street will be reduced to a single northbound lane between University Avenue and Schuster Avenue as crews begin removing asphalt in preparation to begin laying rail in that section of street. The closure in this work zone is expected to last through September.

Oregon Street will re-open to northbound traffic between Glory Road and Cincinnati Avenue by Monday, June 27, 2016. To safely accommodate track-related work near the University of Texas at El Paso, Oregon Street will remain reduced to a single northbound lane between Glory Road and University Avenue thru mid-August.

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

COMPLETE CLOSURES

  • Father Rahm Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street
  • Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue
  • Stanton Street between Robinson Avenue and Kerbey Avenue
  • Boston Avenue between Mesa Street and Kansas Street
  • Crosby Avenue between Mesa Street and Stanton Street
  • Main Drive closed at Santa Fe Street
  • Rim Road west of Oregon Street

LANE RESTRICTIONS

  • Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Main Drive
  • 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

OTHER UPCOMING CLOSURES AND LANE RESTRICTIONS

  • As utility relocation work continues along Stanton Street, the intersection of Stanton Street and Baltimore Drive will close to all traffic in the coming weeks. An exact date for this closure has not been announced.

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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Rails Return to Streets of El Paso; Installation to Begin near UTEP

Rail will soon begin its return to the streets of the Sun City, as work on the track phase of the El Paso Streetcar Project starts next week.

“Since late last year, crews have mainly focused on underground utility work related to the project,” said Raymond Telles, Executive Director, of the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority. “However, El Pasoans will soon see crews undertaking the highly-complex, highly-technical work of laying the first massive sections of specialized steel rail which will make up the 4.8 mile route.”

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

Businesses and residents will maintain access to their property at all times.

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.

As crews prepare to begin track work, underground utility work continues at the following locations:

Lane restrictions are now in place at the intersection of Mesa Street and Franklin Avenue. All lanes of the Franklin Avenue/Oregon Street intersection and the Franklin Avenue/Stanton Street intersection have reopened.

Motorists who typically use Mesa Street to enter Downtown are encouraged to consider alternate routes, including Kansas Street which is once again open between Main Drive and San Antonio Avenue

The intersection of Stanton Street and Crosby Avenue is now closed in all directions. Beginning on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, work will move into the intersection of Stanton Street and Schuster Avenue. To accommodate this work, Stanton Street will be closed to thru traffic from 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.

Beginning during the week of 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.

Santa Fe Street remains reduced to one lane in each direction between San Antonio Avenue and Franklin Avenue. On Friday, May 13, 2016, Santa Fe Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction at the intersection with Father Rahm Avenue. This lane restriction is expected to last fewer than 24 hours. Father Rahm remains closed to east-west traffic.

Father Rahm Avenue remains closed to thru traffic between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street.

All lanes of Yandell Drive are once again open at Stanton Street. Kansas Street is once again open to traffic between Texas Avenue and San Antonio Avenue.

Crews have installed temporary asphalt patches and will return to both locations to complete rail installation and roadway repairs.

Lane Restrictions at Other Locations

  • Kansas Street between San Antonio Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
  • 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
  • Work will is expected take place along Santa Fe Street between Loop 375 and Paisano Drive beginning later this month. This will require overnight complete closures and daytime lane restrictions.
  • Stanton Street will be completely closed between Franklin and Wyoming in the coming weeks.

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Streetcar Work Requires Alternate Routes for Motorists on Franklin, Stanton

Utility work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project will require some motorists to use alternate routes in Downtown El Paso next week. Meanwhile, street and lane closures continue at other location along the 4.8 mile route.

Beginning this week, Franklin Avenue will be closed to all eastbound traffic from El Paso Street to Oregon Street. Oregon Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction at Franklin at that time as well. Motorists who typically use that section of Franklin Avenue should consider using Missouri Avenue as an alternate route.

Using Wyoming Avenue as an eastbound alternate will help motorists avoid getting caught-up in the existing closures of Main Drive and San Antonio Avenue at Santa Fe Street. This closure is expected to last approximately four weeks.

Work also continues in the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Stanton Street where lane reductions are in place. Because Stanton is closed to all traffic at Wyoming, motorists who typically use Stanton Street to access I-10 west, should consider an alternate route, such as taking Stanton Street to Missouri Avenue to Mesa Street to Yandell Drive to I-10 west.

This closure is expected to last approximately four weeks.

As work progresses, Stanton Street will be closed as far south as Franklin, in the coming weeks. An exact date for that closure has not yet been announced.

Kansas Street remains closed to all traffic between Texas Avenue and San Antonio Avenue. San Antonio Avenue is closed to thru traffic between Stanton Street and Campbell Street.

Father Rahm Avenue remains closed to traffic between Santa Fe and Kansas. As part of the El Paso Streetcar project, new sidewalks will be installed along Father Rahm Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street. Beginning this week, crews will begin replacing sidewalks one block at a time.

Sidewalk closures will begin this week on the south side of Father Rahm between Kansas and Stanton. Crews will work within that block removing the existing sidewalk, preparing the ground and installing the new sidewalk.

Lane Closures at Other Locations

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

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First Shipment of Rail for El Paso Streetcar Project Arrives

The first shipment of steel rail on which El Paso’s streetcars will run has arrived in the Sun City. Each length of rail is 59 feet long and weighs approximately 2,300 pounds. About 900 pieces will be used throughout the entire project.

“Other than the historic streetcars themselves, there is no more symbolic element of this project than the rail,” said Raymond Telles, Executive Director of the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority. “After months of utility relocation work, this marks an important milestone in this project as we prepare for laying track this summer.”

rail-meme-05Design engineers selected “girder rail” for the El Paso Streetcar project. Unlike the rails traditionally used by railroads in the United States, this type of rail includes a special flange in which the wheels sit.

Developed in 1852, “girder rail” has been extensively used by streetcar projects around the world. Slightly modified “block rail” will be used on bridges.

The girder rail, manufactured in Austria, was carried by ship to the Port of Houston. From there, it was then brought by train to El Paso.

Some curved pieces and other specialty pieces are being brought to El Paso by truck. The block rail was manufactured in the U.S.

Crews expect to begin laying the rail by June. That work will include construction of a concrete slab within streets along the route. The rail will be brought from its current storage location to the construction site where several of the 59-foot long pieces will be welded together and embedded in the slab.

The rail will also be surrounded by a heavy-gauge rubber boot which will insulate the rail and reduce noise and vibration.

As part of the El Paso Streetcar project, new sidewalks will be installed along Father Rahm Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street. Beginning this week, crews will begin replacing sidewalks one block at a time. Sidewalk closures will begin this week on the south side of Father Rahm between Kansas and Stanton.

Crews will work within that block removing the existing sidewalk, preparing the ground and installing the new sidewalk.

Father Rahm Avenue remains closed to traffic between Santa Fe and Kansas

Yandell Drive remains reduced to one lane at Stanton Street. However, beginning this week motorists will be required to travel in the far right lane of Yandell Drive rather than the far left lane. Stanton Street will be closed from Wyoming to Montana

Work Underway at Other Locations

  • Kansas Street remains closed between Texas and San Antonio Street
  • San Antonio Avenue remains closed at Kansas Street
  • Lane closures continue on Yandell Drive at Stanton Street
  • Lane closures continue on Stanton Street between Wyoming and Yandell
  • Lane closures continue on Oregon Street between Rio Grande Avenue and Glory Road
  • Lane closures continue on Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue
  • Lane closures continue on Stanton Street between Rio Grande Avenue and Robinson Avenue

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