City Lines trolley barn/ Photo: El Paso County Historical Society
One of the very last places crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will lay rail as part of the El Paso Streetcar projects, is also one of the most heavily-traveled and will be the most impacted intersections throughout the 4.8 mile streetcar route: Mesa at Glory Road.
To keep traffic moving, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority has announced the following three phases of work to build rail across Mesa Street at the intersection of Glory Road/Baltimore Drive:
- Phase I will begin on June 19, 2017: Glory Road will be closed between Oregon Street and Mesa Street; Baltimore Drive will be closed to between Mesa Street and Stanton Street. Crews will complete rail approaching Mesa Street on both Glory and Baltimore. Turn lanes from Mesa onto both of those streets will be closed.
- Phase II will begin the week of July 5, 2017 and last approximately three weeks: Mesa Street will be reduced to a single inside lane in each direction as crews begin laying rail toward the center of the intersection.
- Phase III will begin immediately after Phase II is completed and last approximately four weeks: Mesa Street will be reduced to a single outside lane in each direction as crews join the two sections of rail placed in Phase II. Baltimore will be open to local traffic only from Stanton Street.
These plans have been developed in coordination with the City of El Paso, Sun Metro, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the University of Texas at El Paso. 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.
Members of the public with questions about these plans are invited to an open house hosted by the CRRMA from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in the Production Room at the Don Haskins Center, 121 Glory Road.
Contractors will present detailed plans, traffic control maps and information on alternate routes.