Paisano Closure Planned, Starts Jan. 15

Contact: Jennifer Wright

Phone: (915) 790-4340

Date: Jan. 5, 2018

Motorists in West El Paso will need to plan for a multi-week closure of Paisano (US 85). Construction crews working on the GO 10 project will completely close approximately 300 feet of Paisano starting at Sunland Park Drive from Jan. 15 - Feb. 11. Crews will be constructing new pavement and will be demolishing the small bridge in the area.

During daytime hours, Sunland Park Drive traffic coming from Doniphan Drive will have access to Paisano Drive (US 85) using a new dedicated right-turn lane. Access to area businesses will be available via Constitution Drive and Crockett Street. To enter I-10 eastbound from Sunland Park, motorists can use the eastbound flyover ramp, or take North Mesa Street (SH 20) to Executive Center Boulevard, then enter I-10 eastbound from the Executive Center Boulevard entrance ramp. Drivers should follow detour signs in place.

GO 10 is an infrastructure reconstruction of I-10 on El Paso’s west side, between the Executive Center Boulevard and North Mesa Street exits. At $158 million, GO 10 is the largest traditionally delivered (design-bid-build) project that TxDOT’s El Paso District has done to date. Construction started in April 2015 and is expected to be complete in 2019.

The overall purpose of GO 10 is to improve traffic flow, vehicle capacity, and safety along the I-10 corridor between North Mesa Street and Executive Center Boulevard.

The 5.75-mile corridor entails four major components:

  • The construction of collector-distributor lanes through the corridor
  • The improvement of I-10’s direct connection with Paisano Drive (US 85) and the Border West Expressway
  • The intermittent addition of lanes to I-10 in both directions
  • The reconfiguration of ramps and overpasses at Sunland Park Drive, Resler Drive, and North Mesa Street (SH 20)

The project will also entail upgrades to a portion of North Mesa Street and portions of North and South Desert Boulevard frontage roads, such as improved turning lanes and drainage. Turnarounds will be constructed at North Mesa Street and at Sunland Park Drive.


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