Contact: Jennifer Wright

Phone: (915) 790-4340

Date: April 11, 2019


Before new I-10 Connect bridges can soar, crews drill deep below ground

  • Overnight closures on US 62 (Paisano Drive), US 54, Interstate 110 and some on-ramps needed to accommodate drilling work

Long before motorists can drive on them, work is underway on the unseen, underground supports for some of the new direct connector ramps being built as part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s I-10 Connect Project in Central El Paso.

Crews have begun work at several locations on drilled shafts that will support the columns for several new bridges. The shafts are four to five feet in diameter, and some extend almost 90 feet below the surface. After the shafts are drilled, workers build a basket-like structure of steel rebar and insert it into the hole. The hole is then filled with concrete, on top of which bridge support columns will eventually be built.

Crews are currently drilling shafts for Bridge No. 4, which will connect southbound US 54 to the Bridge of the Americas by flying high over I-10 as well as several new and existing ramps at the Spaghetti Bowl. They are also working on shafts for Bridge No. 8, which will provide direct access from eastbound Loop 375 to eastbound I-10 by running parallel to northbound US 54 over US 62 (Paisano Drive).

The work requires a mobile drill rig, concrete pump, and other heavy equipment. To ensure the safety of motorists and workers during these operations, the following closures are scheduled for the week of April 14, 2019:

Sunday, April 14, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Westbound US 62 (Paisano Drive) will be closed to all traffic between Gateway Boulevard North and Gateway Boulevard South.
  • Detour: Westbound traffic will detour by turning right on Gateway North, left on SH 20 (Alameda Avenue), left on Loop 478 (Copia Street), and then rejoining Paisano.
  • The ramp which connects Gateway Boulevard North to eastbound Interstate 110 will be closed to all traffic.
  • Detour: Traffic seeking to use I-110 to access I-10 will detour by remaining on Gateway North, turning right on Alameda, and then accessing I-10 via Raynolds Street.
  • Lane closures will be in place on eastbound I-110 between US 62 (Paisano Drive) and SH 20 (Alameda Avenue).
  • Crews will be working on drilled shafts.

Monday, April 15, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Westbound US 62 (Paisano Drive) will be closed to all traffic between Gateway Boulevard North and Gateway Boulevard South.
  • Detour: Westbound traffic will detour by turning right on Gateway North, left on SH 20 (Alameda Avenue), left on Loop 478 (Copia Street), and then rejoining Paisano.
  • Southbound US 54 will be closed to all traffic south of US 62 (Paisano Drive).
  • Detour: Traffic bound from southbound US 54 to eastbound Loop 375 will take Exit 20A (US 62/Paisano Drive) and proceed straight ahead on Gateway Boulevard South to access eastbound Loop 375. Traffic bound from southbound US 54 to westbound Loop 375 will take Exit 20A (US 62/Paisano Drive) and turn right on Paisano and proceed west for 1.6 miles before turning left on Coles Street to access westbound Loop 375.
  • The ramp which connects Gateway Boulevard North to eastbound I-110 will be closed to all traffic.
  • Detour: Traffic seeking to use I-110 to access I-10 will detour by remaining on Gateway North, turning right on Alameda, and then accessing I-10 via Raynolds Street.

Tuesday, April 16, through Thursday, April 18, 2019
Nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Southbound US 54 will be closed to all traffic south of US 62 (Paisano Drive).
  • Detour: Traffic bound from southbound US 54 to eastbound Loop 375 will take Exit 20A (US 62/Paisano Drive) and proceed straight ahead on Gateway Boulevard South to access eastbound Loop 375. Traffic bound from southbound US 54 to westbound Loop 375 will take Exit 20A (US 62/Paisano Drive) and turn right on Paisano and proceed west for 1.6 miles before turning left on Coles Street to access westbound Loop 375.
  • Crews will be working on drilled shafts.

Long-term Closures During the Week of April 14:

  • The U-turn from Gateway Boulevard North to Gateway Boulevard South at Pershing Drive remains closed until further notice.
  • Ramp T, which connects Gateway Boulevard North to northbound US 54, remains closed until further notice.
  • Both U-turns between Gateway Boulevard North and Gateway Boulevard South at US 62 (Paisano Drive) remain closed until further notice.
  • Lane closures are in place on eastbound and westbound US 62 (Paisano Drive) at US 54 until further notice.
  • Intermittent lane closures on Gateway Boulevard South between Findley Avenue and Paisano Drive (US 62).

All closures are subject to change due to weather or field conditions. On-ramps and off-ramps may close up to an hour before stated times.

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