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Video+Story: Striping set Soon for Stanton Street

Stanton Street will look dramatically different in the coming weeks, as crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks begin final striping work there which includes the final striping for the railway, roadway, and the installation of the region’s first-ever two-way protected bikeway.

The designs for Stanton Street’s new railway, roadway and bikeway were initially presented to members of the public at open houses held at Cathedral High School and the Don Haskins Center.

The bikeway, which is being installed as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project, will accommodate north-south bike traffic along the eastern side of Stanton Street between Arizona Avenue and Baltimore Drive.

It will include special signs, signals, pavement markings and delineators for cyclists.

To accommodate this work, beginning on Monday, October 16, 2017, parking will not be permitted on the eastern curb of Stanton Street between Arizona and Baltimore. In addition to delivering bilingual fliers door-to-door, signs and other markings will be in place to ensure motorists are aware of the parking regulations.

“The CRRMA exists to benefit the traveling public within the El Paso region through the development of additional transportation alternatives, including options like the El Paso Streetcar Project and the new bikeway along Stanton Street,” said CRRMA Executive Director Raymond Telles.

“As the placement of the tracks and bikeway are new additions to the area, we encourage motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to use extra caution traveling along Stanton Street in the coming weeks as we all get used the street’s new layout.”

While cyclists may be eager to use the bikeway as soon as the first markings go up, the CRRMA is also asking cyclists to refrain from using the bikeway until it is complete and officially open to the public.

The two-way protected bike lane being installed on Stanton Street is an innovative solution developed by the CRRMA and City of El Paso, which helps the City in its effort to achieve the goals established in its Comprehensive Bike Plan.

For more information, please contact the El Paso Streetcar Project directly at (844) 252-RAIL.

Trolley Crews Advancing: Mesa Lanes Reduced as Franklin Avenue work Shifts East

Some of the most complex and intricate work associated with the El Paso Streetcar Project is advancing on Franklin Avenue where motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will encounter new traffic patterns beginning on Friday, February 17, 2017, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.

Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks have completed installation of a rail switching mechanism in the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Oregon Street. That switch is one of two links between the Uptown and Downtown loops. Crews have also installed rail along Franklin Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Oregon Street.

On February 17, Franklin Avenue will re-open to eastbound traffic between Oregon Street and Santa Fe Street. Oregon Street will reopen to north-south traffic at Franklin, at that time as well.

Beginning on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Franklin Avenue will be reduced to a single eastbound lane between Oregon Street and Kansas Street. Mesa Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction at Franklin Avenue. Left turns from Mesa Street to Franklin Avenue will not be permitted. These closures are necessary as crews lay rail along this section of Franklin.

Crews will also place the second track switch which links the Uptown and Downtown loops in the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Stanton Street. Because of the complexity of this work, Stanton Street will be closed to thru traffic between Main Drive and Franklin Avenue. In the coming weeks, the Stanton Street closure will switch to between Franklin Avenue and Missouri Avenue.

All told, work in this area is scheduled to take approximately twelve weeks to complete.

As crews continue laying rail and pouring concrete along North Stanton Street, closures of the following cross-streets will be required on the following dates at the following times:

  • Boston Avenue closed at Stanton Street from 1am to 9am on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
  • Kerbey Avenue closed at Stanton Street from Wednesday, February 22, to Tuesday, February 28, 2017;During this period, University Avenue will temporarily re-open as an alternate east-west route.
  • Cincinnati Avenue closed at Stanton Street from 1am to 9am on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
  • Rim Road closed at Stanton Street from 1am to 9am on Tuesday, February 28, 2017; Motorists who use Scenic Drive and Rim

These dates could change pending weather.

During the week of February 13, 2017, overnight lane closures along I-10 through Downtown El Paso will not take place. They will resume during the week of February 20 and be in effect Sundays through Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

As work continues along the 4.8 mile route, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists should expect to encounter the following which will remain in place during the week of February 13, 2017:

Street Closures

  • Stanton Street between Yandell Drive and Baltimore Drive (open to northbound traffic only)
  • Baltimore Drive, Robinson Avenue, University Avenue, Blanchard Avenue, Blacker Avenue, Hague Road, Crosby Avenue, Cliff Drive, and Rio Grande Avenue immediately west of Stanton Street.
  • Santa Fe Street between Father Rahm Avenue and Paisano Drive
  • Rio Grande Avenue between Oregon Street and El Paso Street
  • Arizona Avenue between Mesa Street and Oregon Street

Lane Restrictions

  • Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
  • Santa Fe Street between Missouri Avenue and Paisano Drive
  • Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Nevada Avenue
  • Campbell Street between Paisano Drive and First Avenue

Later this month, southbound traffic on Kansas Street will shift to the right site of the street as crews resurface the existing travel lanes. San Antonio Avenue and Texas Avenue will close immediately east of Kansas Street to allow crews to complete concrete paving of those intersections.

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