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Streetcar Project to host Open House Tuesday Evening

El Pasoans will have another opportunity to meet the team of engineers and experts building the El Paso Streetcar Projecton Tuesday evening.

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) will host its second Streetcar open house from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in the gymnasium at Sacred Heart Church, 602 S. Oregon Street.

During the come-and-go format, the CRRMA will share route maps, information on contractors and give residents and business-owners the opportunity to discuss the project face-to-face with members of the project team. Free commemorative Streetcar memorabilia will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The CRRMA held its first Streetcar open house in late January at the Main Library Downtown and has presented to several community and industry groups since the project began construction late last year.

Community members seeking information on the project who cannot attend Tuesday’s open house are invited to stay up-to-date through one of the following methods:

  • Click here to sign-up for regular construction updates delivered to your email inbox.
  • Like the El Paso Streetcar on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Call the bilingual project information line: (844) 252-RAIL.

Streetcar work Expands to Yandell, Wyoming, Stanton Streets starting Monday

Commuters who use Interstate 10 to access destinations in and around Downtown El Paso are encouraged to allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes – including Cotton Street, Piedras Street or Copia Street – beginning next week.

The following closures, which will begin on Monday, April 4, 2016, are necessary as contractors continue advancing on utility relocation work related to the El Paso Streetcar Project:

 Yandell Drive will be reduced to one westbound lane at Stanton Street. This closure will impact westbound motorists who use Exit 19A/Mesa Street and is expected to last for approximately four weeks.

 Stanton Street will be reduced to one northbound lane between Wyoming and Yandell. A complete closure of Stanton Street between Wyoming and Yandell will be required in the coming weeks.

Beginning on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Wyoming Avenue will be reduced to one eastbound lane at Stanton Street. This closure will impact eastbound motorists who use Wyoming Avenue to access I-10 and is expected to last approximately one week.

To safely funnel traffic down to one lane, motorists will encounter signs, barricades and barrels on each of these streets at least two blocks before reaching the actual closure. Signs, barricades and barrels will be in place on the Exit 19A/Mesa Street off-ramp which will reduce the ramp from two lanes to one lane.

While marked detours will be in place, motorists seeking to reach locations in and around Downtown via I-10 are also encouraged to consider the following alternate routes:

 Exit 22A/Copia Street: South on Copia to Alameda Avenue.

 Exit 21/Piedras Street: South on Piedras to Texas Avenue OR North on Raynor, West on Montana, North on Rosewood to Arizona.

 Exit 20/Cotton Street: South on Cotton to Texas Avenue OR North on Cotton to Arizona

 Because closures remain on Kansas Street, motorists are not advised to use Exit 19B/Downtown as an alternate route into Downtown. However, Texas Avenue will once again be open to east-west traffic at Kansas Street at the time of the above closures.

 Exit 18/Porfirio Diaz Street: Access downtown via Franklin Avenue.

Also beginning on Monday, April 4, 2016, San Antonio Avenue will be closed to east-west traffic at Kansas Street. The closure is expected to last for approximately three weeks. Kansas Street remains closed between Myrtle and San Antonio.

 Lane closures will resume on Santa Fe Street reducing traffic to one lane in each direction between Franklin and San Antonio. San Antonio Avenue will be closed to east-west traffic at

 Father Rahm Avenue remains closed to east-west traffic.

 Lane closures continue on Oregon Street between River Avenue and Glory Road.

 Lane closures continue on Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue.

 Moving right lane closures beginning on Stanton Street throughout the 4.8 mile route for the installation of foundations for the Overhead Contact System poles which will power the streetcars.

 

Streetcar Project Celebrates National Engineers Week, National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

As part of National Engineers Week, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority is celebrating the men and women who designed, engineered and are overseeing construction of the El Paso Streetcar Project.

“The engineers involved at all phases of this project have the immense responsibility of turning our community’s vision into a working streetcar system,” said Raymond Telles, Executive Director of the CRRMA which is managing the project’s construction. “Their technical expertise will allow us to construct an incredibly complex project which will positively impact our community for decades to come.”

At this time, at least 14 engineers are working on the El Paso Streetcar project.

Entering its 65th year, National Engineers Week is a nationwide initiative that celebrates the many ways engineers make a difference in our daily lives. It will be observed February 21-27, 2016. The weeklong event also encourages increased diversity in the workforce by bringing engineering to life for students, educators and parents.

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is also seeking to grow the number of women in engineering fields.Thursday of National Engineers Week is set aside as National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

“Engineering is about finding creative solutions to the important problems of our time, so we need as many thinkers from as many diverse backgrounds as possible to ensure we’re able to meet increasingly complex technical challenges,” said Stephanie Maltby, an engineer for AECOM, the firm which designed and is helping oversee construction of the El Paso Streetcar project. “Too often, girls and young women aren’t encouraged to pursue math and science, which ultimately means their voices aren’t part of the conversation. A career in engineering affords one the opportunity to see their ideas become reality and to see their projects helping people.”

Maltby, whose previous experience includes 30 years working in private consulting and government, said an engineering degree opens doors beyond technical expertise and project management.

To learn more about National Engineers Week, including information on ways to raise interest in engineering among students, visit http://www.discovere.org/

Streetcar Work Continues, New Closures Added on Santa Fe, Stanton Streets

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will encounter several new closures next week as crews continue making significant progress on utility relocation work associated with the El Paso Streetcar project.

The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority has announced that the following lane closures will be in place beginning on Sunday, February 21, 2016:

NEW Oregon Street from Arizona Avenue to River Avenue:  Traffic will be intermittently reduced to one lane in each direction between Arizona Avenue and River Avenue. Occasional closures of east-west streets crossing Oregon will also be required.

The following street and lane closures will be in place beginning on Monday, February 22, 2016: 

NEW Stanton Street from Arizona Avenue to Montana Avenue: Stanton Street will be closed to all traffic between Arizona Avenue and Montana Avenue for approximately six weeks. During that time, Arizona will be closed to all traffic at Stanton for about a week.

When work is completed at the Stanton/Arizona intersection, Arizona will re-open and Rio Grande will close at Stanton for approximately five weeks. Montana will remain open to east-west traffic during these closures.

NEW Santa Fe Street at Franklin Avenue: Southbound traffic on Santa Fe Street will be reduced to one lane at Franklin Avenue. Northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane and detoured onto Main Street and El Paso Street. In the coming weeks, lane closure on Santa Fe will move to between Main Drive and San Antonio Avenue.

Oregon Street from Glory Road to University Avenue

Intermittent lane closures will resume along Oregon Street from Glory Road to University Avenue.

Kansas Street from Texas to San Antonio Avenue

Kansas Street remains closed from Texas Avenue to San Antonio Avenue. Closure of the Kansas/San Antonio and Kansas/Texas intersections will be required in the coming weeks.

Father Rahm Avenue from Santa Fe Street to Campbell Avenue

Father Rahm Avenue will remain closed to eastbound and westbound traffic from Santa Fe Street to Campbell Street. Occasional lane closures on north-south streets crossing Father Rahm will begin this week on Mesa Street at Father Rahm.

Overnight Lane Closures

Moving lane closures will take place throughout the 4.8-mile route during overnight hours beginning next week. Traffic will be able to flow around work zones. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution.

Those interested can get real-time updates on Facebook or Instagram or by signing up for construction email updates. Additional information is available by calling the bilingual project hotline at (844) 252-RAIL.

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