The Texas Department of Transportation will begin a new towing initiative, starting Monday, Oct. 16, at 6 a.m. Multiple tow trucks will be on standby on I-10 from Cotton to Thorn, encompassing the GO10 Project and a portion of the Border West Expressway project during peak rush hours: 6 – 9 a.m., and 4 – 7 p.m.
Due to construction, the majority of this portion of roadway has no shoulders and few exits, so vehicles blocking a lane pose a safety hazard and create greater congestion. Vehicles will be towed to the nearest safe place, where people can address issues or await help.
Funding for this initiative came through the El Paso MPO, so drivers will not be charged for this service. The plan is to get vehicles off of I-10 and out of harm’s way, whether they are out of gas, have a flat tire, or are experiencing mechanical problems. Vehicles may also be towed in the case of minor fender benders involving no injuries.
Spotters at TxDOT’s TransVista operations center will advise the towing company when they see a stopped vehicle in the roadway. Once removed from I-10, it will be up to drivers to get the help they need, and not abandon their vehicles, at risk of having them towed and impounded by another entity. Vehicles that have been abandoned will be towed to the northeast corner of I-10 and Mesa.