Franklin Avenue to reopen, allowing direct access to I-10
Kansas Street closure extends north to Overland Avenue;
Work on North Stanton Street progresses northward
Starting Monday, June 1, 2016 downtown commuters will once again be able to use Franklin Avenue to get to eastbound Interstate 10, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority announced today. The important thoroughfare has been closed for the last two weeks as crews from Paso del Norte Trackworks relocated underground utilities related to the El Paso Streetcar Project.
All lanes of Franklin Avenue will be open by Monday, June 13, 2106; Lane restrictions on Stanton Street at Franklin Avenue will also be lifted by this time.Utility work on Stanton Street will continue moving north in the coming weeks, including work which will require lane reductions along Wyoming Avenue. The exact dates of future closures have not yet been announced.
Kansas Street between Overland Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue
Kansas Street remains closed to thru traffic between Paisano Drive and Father Rahm Avenue until mid-August as crews continue working on storm drains there.
Kansas Street is schedule to closed to thru traffic between First Avenue and Paisano Drive by the end of Thursday, June 9, 2016. Lane restrictions will be in place on Kansas Street between San Antonio Avenue and Overland Avenue. This closure is also related to storm drain upgrades and is expected to last approximately two weeks.
Father Rahm Avenue remains closed between Santa Fe Street and Kansas Street. North-south streets remain open to thru traffic.
Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Overland Avenue
Motorists who drive on Kansas Street should expect intermittent lane closures between Franklin Avenue and San Antonio Avenue where crews are beginning to drill foundations for the Overhead Contact System (OCS) which will power the streetcars.
Santa Fe Street
Lane closures remain in place along Santa Fe Street between Franklin Avenue and Main Drive and between Paisano Drive and Loop 375. Overnight complete closures of Santa Fe Street between Paisano and Loop 375 will take place in the coming weeks.
Lane Closures at Other Locations
- Oregon Street between Cliff Drive and Schuster Avenue
- Campbell Street at First Avenue
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About the Project
The CRRMA is tasked with constructing the project, using Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) funding and a design provided by The City of El Paso (City). Once operational, the City’s Mass Transit Department (Sun Metro) will operate and maintain the Streetcars and associated facilities. The CRRMA will place track over a 4.8-mile route, adding 27 stops and a maintenance and storage facility. The route will be serviced by Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar vehicles – the same vehicles that ran on El Paso streets until 1974. The route runs in two loops, connecting the international bridges, retail areas, government buildings, convention center and downtown ballpark with the medical center, University of Texas at El Paso and several historic neighborhoods.