Update - Damaged Utility Bridge


Contact: Jennifer Wright

Phone: (915) 790-4340

Date: July 25, 2018


Interstate Traffic to be Reduced to Two Lanes Until August

EL PASO – I-10 westbound will be reduced to two lanes through downtown beginning tomorrow morning. The change is being made for safety reasons after Thursday’s fiery tractor trailer crash damaged the Stanton utility bridge over I-10 west.

“Our crews have been closely monitoring traffic in the area since temporary measures were put in place on the damaged facility, and we want to prevent potential further damage. If a vehicle hits the concrete traffic barrier currently in place, the impact could compromise the tower,” said TxDOT El Paso District Engineer Bob Bielek.

To make the change, I-10 westbound will be closed at the downtown Mesa exit tonight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Traffic will exit Mesa and re-enter I-10 at Yandell. Traffic will begin to taper at Cotton. Once the interstate opens tomorrow morning, the far right lane will remain closed until permanent repairs are complete in mid-August.

The permanent fix, projected to start on Aug. 15, will include overnight closures on Wednesday and Thursday nights and a continuous weekend closure, once utilities are rerouted, to demolish the two existing beams over the westbound roadway, place the new beams, and reinstall the utilities.

As soon as tonight, drivers will experience intermittent closures on Yandell and Mesa for utility work.

“As we work toward the permanent solution for the utility bridge, we ask drivers to use alternate routes into downtown, be patient and allow for extra travel time. By this time next year, we expect to have another alternate route for drivers to use during incidents such as we are now experiencing with completion of our Border West Expressway project,” said Bielek.

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