One night lane closure on I-10; long-term closure of Ramp T from Gateway North to US 54 set as well
EL PASO, Texas — Before crews begin widening US 54 over US 62 (Paisano Drive) as part of the I-10 Connect Project, they’ll begin demolishing parts of the existing US 54 bridge there next week. That work will require complete overnight closures of Paisano between Gateway Boulevard North and Gateway Boulevard South.
This stretch of US 54 will be widened from two southbound lanes to three as part of the three-year, $96 million project which will dramatically re-shape the Spaghetti Bowl and nearby roadways in Central El Paso.
Elsewhere, motorists should also expect the following upcoming traffic impacts as crews begin drilling support shafts for bridges and continue placing concrete safety barriers:
– A one-night lane closure on eastbound Interstate 10
– A long-term closure of Ramp T which connects Gateway Boulevard North to US 54
– Surface street closures near the Spaghetti Bowl
Below is a detailed list of all closures and detours related to the I-10 Connect Project currently scheduled during the week of March 24:
Sunday, March 24, to Thursday, March 28, 2019
9pm to 5am
~ US 62 (Paisano Drive) will be closed to all traffic between Gateway Boulevard North and Gateway Boulevard South each night.
DETOURS: Westbound thru traffic will detour by turning right on Gateway Boulevard North, left on SH 20 (Alameda Avenue) and left on Loop 478 (Copia Street), before returning to US 62 (Paisano Drive). Eastbound thru traffic will detour by turning right on San Marcial Street, left on Delta Drive, and left on Boone Street before returning to US 62 (Paisano Drive). Traffic bound from eastbound US 62 (Paisano Drive) to Juárez via the Bridge of the Americas will not be impacted. Traffic bound from westbound US 62 (Paisano Drive) to Juárez via the Bridge of the Americas should instead access the port of entry by travelling on Interstate 10 to Exit 22B and entering Juárez via I-110.
Crews will be demolishing parts of the US 54 bridge over US 62 (Paisano Drive).
Beginning on Sunday, March 24, at 9pm and continuing until further notice
– Ramp T which connects Gateway Boulevard North to northbound US 54 near the El Paso Zoo will be closed to all traffic for several months.
DETOURS: Traffic bound for northbound US 54 or westbound I-10 will detour via US 62 (Paisano Drive) to eastbound I-110 before continuing on northbound US 54 or taking Exit 21B (I-10 West/Montana Avenue/Las Cruces). Traffic bound to eastbound I-10 will not require a detour.
Crews will begin drilling support shafts for bridges.
Monday, March 25, 2019, 9am to 5pm
– Gateway Boulevard East will be closed to all traffic under the Spaghetti Bowl.
DETOUR: Traffic will detour by entering I-10 east of Loop 478 (Copia Street) and taking Exit 23A/Raynolds Street to return to Gateway East.
– Durazno Avenue will be closed to thru traffic between Uva Street and Bowie Street
DETOUR: Thru traffic will detour to Rosa Avenue via Uva or Bowie. Local traffic will be allowed to access residential properties via Durazno.
Crews will continue placing concrete barriers.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 9pm to 5am
– Lane closures will be in place on eastbound I-10 between Loop 478 (Copia Street) and Raynolds Street.
– The on-ramp from Gateway Boulevard East to I-10 east of Copia will be closed to all traffic.
DETOURS: For I-10 traffic, no detour is required. Traffic bound from Gateway East to I-10 will continue on the Gateway and enter I-10 east of Raynolds.
Crews will continue placing concrete barriers.
The following long-term closures will continue during the week of March 24:
– Weekday lane closures on Gateway Boulevard North between US 62 (Paisano Drive) and SH 20 (Alameda Avenue). Crews will be installing fiber optic communication lines.
– Lane closures are in place on eastbound and westbound US 62 (Paisano Drive) between Gateway Boulevard North and I-110.
– Both u-turns between Gateway Boulevard North and Gateway Boulevard South at US 62 (Paisano Drive) remain closed until further notice.
Drivers are encouraged to register for text alerts and electronic newsletter distribution by visiting i10connectelpaso.com. 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.
About I-10 Connect
The I-10 Connect project is at the intersection of Interstate 10 and US 54 in El Paso County. The project extends from I-10 to Loop 375 (Cesar Chávez Border Highway) and provides access to the Bridge of the Americas (BOTA) via I-110. The $96 million project includes the construction of four new direct connectors, a full reconstruction of the I-110/US 62 (Paisano Drive) interchange, and removes exit ramps from US 62 to I-110. I-10 Connect will improve connectivity between I-10 and Loop 375, also providing an alternate route to I-10. It started February 19, 2019, and is expected to be complete in less than three years. For more information, visit I10ConnectElPaso.com; you can also follow @I10ConnectEP on Facebook and Twitter.