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Overnight Closure for Streetcar Testing on South Kansas Set for Monday

Overnight testing for the El Paso Streetcar Project will take place on Kansas Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue beginning at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 27, 2018.

To accommodate this work, Kansas Street will be closed to all traffic between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue beginning late Monday night.

Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue will be closed to all traffic at Kansas Street. On-street parking will be prohibited. All streets will re-open to traffic by 6am on Tuesday.

CRRMA officials say, “Before the Sun Metro begins operating the service for the public, the CRRMA must undertake a rigorous, months-long testing to ensure the system is safe. That means, you’ll see streetcars running along the line before you can get on board.”

Work is expected to be complete by 6am on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

Streetcar Work Continues, Final Seal to be Placed on Stanton, Oregon Overpasses

Some motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will need to find alternate routes across Interstate 10 in Downtown El Paso as crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks place a final layer of sealant on two overpasses which were recently re-surfaced and outfitted with rails as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project.

To accommodate the work, Stanton Street and Oregon Street are scheduled to be closed to all traffic between Yandell Drive and Wyoming Avenue beginning at approximately 9am on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Both overpasses are scheduled to re-open on Friday, September 22, 2017, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority which is managing construction of the 4.8 mile streetcar project which will run from South El Paso to Downtown to the UTEP area.

Campbell Street, Kansas Street, Mesa Street, El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street will remain open to north-south traffic over I-10 during this closure.

Trolley Work Shifts Again: Mesa Lane Closures; Stanton, Santa Fe Reopen to Traffic

Two important north-south thoroughfares will re-open to two-way traffic by the end of this week, while lane restrictions will expand on Mesa Street as work at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive continues next week, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Beginning at 6 am on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Mesa Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive as work there enters Phase II.

In this phase, which lasts approximately three weeks, traffic will flow in a single inside lane in each direction. During Phase III, which lasts approximately four weeks, traffic will flow in a single outside lane in each direction.

During Phases II and III, Glory Road will remain closed to thru traffic between Oregon Street and Mesa Street while Baltimore Drive will remain closed to thru traffic between Mesa Street and 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.

While traffic will remain open to north-south traffic on Mesa, thru traffic should consider alternate routes such as Sun Bowl Drive and Stanton Street.

 

Stanton Street will re-open to two-way traffic between Schuster Avenue and Yandell Drive by Friday, June 30, 2017. Because work will continue on Stanton Street, two-way traffic will travel on the western side of the street between Montana Avenue and Schuster Avenue.

Between Schuster Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue, northbound traffic will travel on the easternmost side of the street while southbound traffic will travel on the westernmost side.

Santa Fe Street will re-open to at least one lane in each direction between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue by Friday, June 30, 2017. Also at this time, 4th Avenue will re-open to two-way traffic between El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street.

As work continues on the Maintenance and Storage Facility, a southbound lane restriction will remain in place on Santa Fe Street near Sun Metro’s Bert Williams Downtown Transfer Center.

 

The following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of July 5, 2017:

Complete Closures

  • Stanton Street between Franklin Avenue and Yandell Drive
  • Oregon Street between Franklin Avenue and Yandell Drive

Lane Restrictions

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

Streetcar Work Heads Downtown Starting Wednesday

Work related to the El Paso Streetcar project in some key Downtown intersections will require changes in traffic patterns beginning this week, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will replace traffic signals at the Mesa Street/Franklin Avenue intersection beginning on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. While the traffic signals are being replaced, a temporary all-way stop will be in place.

Off-duty police officers will assist with traffic control during this work which is scheduled to last approximately three days. Lane reductions and left turn restrictions at this intersection will remain in place.

The work was scheduled to take advantage of decreased traffic in Downtown during the week of Spring Break.

Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will continue work on concrete crosswalks on Santa Fe Street at Main Drive adjacent to the Judson F. Williams Convention Center.

Beginning on Thursday, March 16, 2017, to accommodate this work, northbound traffic on Santa Fe Street will be detoured right onto Main Drive, left onto El Paso Street, right onto Franklin Avenue and allowed to proceed north on Oregon Street.

Southbound traffic will be allowed to continue flowing on Santa Fe Street through lane restrictions between Franklin Avenue and San Antonio Avenue.

This detour will remain in place for approximately three weeks. PDNT has scheduled all high-impact closures on Santa Fe Street between Franklin and San Antonio to be completed before El Paso Chihuahuas Opening Day on April 6.

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Kansas, Santa Fe Streets will Re-Open at Paisano Drive Overnight

Following two weeks of round-the-clock work, crews from Paso del Norte Track works will re-open Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street at Paisano Drive overnight tonight, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Both intersections have been closed for fourteen days as crews worked 24-hour shifts to remove existing concrete, realign underground utilities, lay rail, pour concrete and re-stripe the streets through both intersections for the El Paso Streetcar Project.

The work was originally scheduled over several months, but crews compressed the timeline and accelerated work to minimize the impact on Downtown businesses and commuters.

As was previously announced, work will continue on Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue. That stretch of Santa Fe Street will remain closed to traffic. Additionally, motorists will still encounter lane restrictions on Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Paisano Drive and on Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue.

Overnight left lane closures on Interstate 10 through Downtown El  Paso which began on Sunday night will continue. The lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays for approximately six weeks. The lanes will re-open by 5 a.m. each day.

While work will be confined to the columns which support the Oregon Street and Stanton Street overpasses, lane restrictions will begin well in advance of the work zone to provide a safe work environment for crews. Eastbound lane restrictions on I-10 will begin near Schuster Avenue; Westbound lane restrictions on I-10 will begin near Cotton Street.

Crews will also place poles for the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) which will power the streetcars within the median of I-10 at Oregon and Stanton.

Beginning this week, Stanton Street is now reduced to a single northbound lane from Yandell Drive to Baltimore Drive as crews expand their work installing rail there.

Baltimore Drive, Robinson Avenue, University Avenue, Blanchard Avenue, Blacker Avenue, Hague Road, Crosby Avenue, Cliff Drive, and Rio Grande Avenue are closed to thru traffic immediately west of Stanton Street.

North of Crosby, work will continue through mid-April; South of Crosby work will continue thru late May or early June.

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

Streetcar Final Paving Work Moves to Oregon Street Starting Monday

Beginning on Monday, December 12, 2016, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will complete final paving operations and install new traffic signal mast arms along North Oregon Street between Schuster Avenue and Glory Road.

Lane restrictions will remain in place thru Friday, December 16, 2016.

From 11 p.m. Monday and through Wednesday, Oregon Street will be open to northbound traffic only. Also during this period, the El Paso Police Department will be on-site to direct traffic as traffic signals are upgraded.

The following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of December 12 at other locations along the 4.8 mile route:

Complete Closures

  • Franklin Avenue between Santa Fe Street and the mid-block alley between Mesa Street and Oregon Street.
  • Oregon Street between Main Drive and Wyoming Avenue
  • Rio Grande Avenue, California Drive, River Avenue, and Crosby Avenue immediately west of Oregon Street.
  • Crosby Avenue between Mesa Street and Stanton Street.
  • Arizona Avenue between Kansas Street and Stanton Street
  • Stanton Street between Rio Grande Avenue and Nevada Avenue
  • Texas Avenue and First Avenue immediately west of Kansas Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Rim Road (open to northbound traffic only)
  • Oregon Street between Nevada Avenue and Yandell Drive
  • Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Paisano Drive (open to southbound traffic only)
  • Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive and Montestruc Court
  • Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue

Rail work on Franklin Avenue Reconfigured to Minimize Business Impacts

Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks have reconfigured their work plan on Franklin Avenue in Downtown El Paso to minimize the impact on many businesses there, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority announced today. This work is part of the El Paso Streetcar Project.

Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will begin laying rail along Franklin Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Mesa Street on Monday, December 5, 2016. To accommodate this work, the following closures will be required at that time:

  • Franklin Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Santa Fe Street and the mid-block alley between Oregon Street and Mesa Street
  • Oregon Street will be closed to thru traffic between Main Drive and Missouri Avenue; It will remain open to local traffic and for on-street parking
  • Lane restrictions will be in place on Santa Fe Street at Franklin Avenue.

Because of the complex nature of switches and paving in this area, these closures will be in place for approximately 8-12 weeks.

Work which was set to begin at this time on Franklin Avenue near Stanton Street will be rescheduled.

Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks began paving operations ealier this week along Father Rahm Avenue. The work remains on scheduled to be completed by the end of the day today. This will allow the street to be reopened in time for the busy holiday shopping season in South El Paso

While Father Rahm Avenue reopened to all traffic on Wednesday, November 23; while intermittent work will continue as crews finalize concrete work, lane markings, and above ground utility placement.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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.

First rail for El Paso Streetcar Project will be Placed Next Week

For the first time in at least 42 years, new rail will be placed in an El Paso city street to carry streetcars among key business, commercial, medical, government, cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.

Paso del Norte Trackworks (PDNT) will weld the first rails for the El Paso Streetcar Project on-site along Oregon Street near the University of Texas at El Paso next week, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) announced today.

Most of the rail for the Uptown Loop, which includes Stanton Street, Baltimore Drive, Glory Road and Oregon Street will be welded on-site. Some segments of rail for the Downtown Loop will be pre-welded into 415-foot long sections at PDNT’s industrial yard before being taken on specially designed rollers to their final locations.

Since December 2015, crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks have worked to relocate utilities along the 4.8 mile route to make way for the rail and the 12-inch concrete slab in which it will be set.  Since May, crews have been working along Oregon Street between Glory Road and University Avenue to complete the first two steps of the five-step process outlined below:

  • Track Section DiagramRemove all existing pavement where necessary
  • Precisely level the exposed ground by removing existing dirt and rockand replacing it with new material and in some location installing new curb and sidewalks. (This phase will require three to six weeks to complete)
  • Lay and weld rail segments which average 415 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

To safely accommodate the rest of the track-related work within this work zone, Oregon Street has been reduced to a single northbound lane between Glory Road and University Avenue thru mid-August.

Occasional complete closures will be necessary, including a complete closure of Oregon Street between Glory Road and Cincinnati Avenue which will begin on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, and last for approximately one week.

When all five steps of the track-laying process have been completed on Oregon Street between Glory Road and University Avenue, crews will repeat the process in another work zone.

Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks continue utility relocation and storm drain upgrades in other locations along the 4.8 mile route. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are asked to be aware of work at the following locations during the week of June 20:

COMPLETE CLOSURES

  • San Antonio Avenue between Kansas Street and Stanton Street
  • Father Rahm Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street
  • Kansas Street between Overland Avenue 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

LANE RESTRICTIONS

  • Santa Fe Street between Paisano Drive and Loop 375
  • Stanton Street between Cliff Drive and Schuster Avenue
  • Franklin Avenue between Mesa Street and Stanton Street
  • Campbell Street at First Avenue
  • University Avenue at Oregon
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