El Paso Streetcar, headed north / Photo -El Paso County Historical Commission
Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists should use extra caution in the coming days as a new temporary traffic pattern is now in place on North Stanton Street as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.
While North Stanton Street remains reduced to a single northbound lane between Yandell Drive and Cincinnati Avenue, northbound traffic has moved from the east side of the street to the west side of the street between Rim Road and Cincinnati Avenue. This change in traffic pattern is necessary to give crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks room to safely construct boarding platforms and complete paving along Stanton Street.
All cross-streets between Schuster Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue have re-opened at Stanton Street. Meanwhile, Hague Road, Crosby Avenue and Rio Grande Avenue remain closed to thru traffic immediately west of Stanton. Intermittent closures of cross-streets will continue as rolling paving operations continue along some parts of Stanton Street.
Stanton Street is scheduled to re-open to north-south traffic between Crosby Avenue and Cincinnati Avenue by the end of May. Baltimore Drive will close again when rail crosses Mesa Street at Glory Road/Baltimore Drive in mid-June.
As crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks complete installation of some of the most complex rail and switching mechanisms along the entire 4.8 mile route along Santa Fe Street, they are turning their attention to the reconstruction of the intersection of 4th Avenue and Santa Fe Street.
The reconstruction will begin in early May and is necessary to withstand the rigors of daily traffic and buses entering Sun Metro’s Burt Williams Downtown Transfer Center.
To accommodate this work, Santa Fe Street will be closed to thru traffic between 3rd Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue. Also at that time, 4th Avenue will be closed between El Paso Street and Santa Fe Street. Lane restrictions will be in place on El Paso Street at 4th Avenue as well.
Because work will be confined to the intersection, both streets will remain open for local access. However, no vehicles will be allowed to pass through the intersection as it is being reconstructed. Temporary pedestrian crossings will also be in place.
The reconstruction of the intersection is scheduled to be completed by the end of May. This is the last work for the El Paso Streetcar Project which will require complete closure of Santa Fe Street.
The following traffic impacts will remain in place during the week of April 23, 2017:
- Glory Road between Randolph Drive and Mesa Street
- Oregon Street between Cincinnati Avenue and Glory Road
- Stanton Street between Main Drive and Franklin Avenue
- Santa Fe Street between 4th Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
- Kansas Street between Missouri Avenue and Main Drive
- Kansas Street between Texas Avenue and Paisano Drive
- Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Nevada Avenue
- Franklin Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street
- Father Rahm Avenue between Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street