Trolley on El Paso Street/Photo: EP County Historical Commission
Important work for the El Paso Streetcar project will begin in two areas of South El Paso next week as crews from place rail across Paisano Drive and begin work relocating overhead utilities along Father Rahm Avenue.
Crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks will begin working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to lay rail on Kansas Street and Santa Fe Street through the intersection with Paisano Drive.
To accommodate this work, the following closures will be in place between Monday, January 16, and Tuesday, January 31, 2017:
- Paisano Drive closed to thru traffic between Chihuahua Street and El Paso Street
- Santa Fe Street closed to thru traffic between Father Rahm Avenue and Overland Avenue
The following closures will be in place between Tuesday, January 17, and Tuesday, January 31, 2017:
- Paisano Drive closed to thru traffic between Stanton Street and Campbell Street
- 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.
Off-duty police officers will be stationed at key intersections to direct traffic at peak times.
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.
As part of the El Paso Streetcar project, beginning on Monday, January 16, 2017, crews from El Paso Electric Company will begin work relocating poles and overhead utility lines along Father Rahm Avenue. That work will take approximately six weeks to complete.
Between Monday, January 16, and Saturday, January 28, 2017, El Paso Electric will close Father Rahm Avenue and restrict access on sidewalks between Santa Fe Street and the mid-block alley between Campbell Street and Florence Street to accommodate this work which will take place seven days a week.
Father Rahm Avenue will re-open overnight. However, all cars, trucks and other vehicles should be clear of Father Rahm Avenue before 7 a.m.
Between Monday, January 30, and Monday, February 27, 2017, work and closures will continue on Father Rahm Avenue between Santa Fe Street and the mid-block alley between Campbell Street and Florence street. During this time crews will begin re-opening portions of the street as work is completed.
Father Rahm Avenue will re-open overnights and on Sundays during this time. All cars, trucks and other vehicles should be clear of Father Rahm Avenue before 7 a.m. on work days.
El Paso Electric’s work will be followed by other utility companies who utilize El Paso Electric’s poles for placement of overhead lines. Other overhead work will take place on Father Rahm Avenue through April. At this time, that work is expected to require only intermittent lane restrictions.
For more information on electrical work, please contact El Paso Electric at (915) 543-5935. For all other questions related to the El Paso Streetcar Project, please dial (844) 252-RAIL for more information.
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 Interstate 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.
Rail work is scheduled to begin on Stanton Street between Crosby Avenue and Yandell Drive during the week of January 30, 2017.
In advance of this work, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority will host at open house community meeting from 5-7p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017, in the gymnasium at Cathedral High School, 1309 Stanton Street, to discuss traffic control and access during construction.
Traffic Impacts at Other Locations
The following street closures and lane restrictions will remain in place during the week of January 16, 2017:
- 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
- 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