Utility Bridge Repairs Scheduled


Contact: Jennifer Wright

Phone: (915) 790-4340

Date: Aug. 9, 2018


Construction closes I-10 for complete weekend 

The rebuilding of the damaged utility bridge in Downtown El Paso is scheduled to begin next week. A continuous weekend-long closure of I-10 at Downtown will start Friday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. and run through Monday, August 19 at 5 a.m. In preparation, I-10 East will also be closed Wednesday, Aug. 15 and Thursday, Aug. 16 from 8 p.m. to 5a.m., nightly. Traffic will exit and enter I-10 at Downtown.

“Drivers should utilize alternate routes or plan for extra travel time if they plan to be Downtown during this time. Additional congestion can be expected on the detour route as Yandell and Wyoming will be down to one lane during the closure to allow for utility work,” said TxDOT El Paso District Engineer Bob Bielek.

The bridge, located between the Stanton and Mesa street bridges, was hit when a semi crashed into it on July 19. Temporary repairs were made and I-10 westbound was reduced to two lanes through the area. The repair plan includes demolishing and then replacing two damaged beams, removing then replacing guardrail, and reconfiguring travel lanes to their original configuration.

“While work will happen on the westbound side of I-10 next weekend, the closure of the eastbound lanes is needed for positioning of equipment,” said Bielek. “We expect both sides of the interstate to open simultaneously in time for Monday morning’s rush hour traffic.”

Additional closures related to preparatory work may be required as utility coordination continues. Drivers are encouraged to follow developments on Twitter and look for messages on dynamic message boards along I-10 and related routes.

Coordination with other TxDOT construction projects in progress will ensure drivers have alternate routes on Paisano, US 54, Loop 375/Border Highway and Transmountain free of closures during the designated weekend.

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