Project to Improve Mall Traffic Begins Jan. 2

Contact: Jennifer Wright

Phone: (915) 790-4340

Date: Dec. 18, 2017

EL PASO - A new TxDOT project aimed at improving eastside mall traffic will get started with the New Year. The Braided Ramps project on I-10 westbound from Viscount to Airway will improve capacity, operation, circulation and safety along I-10.

“This construction is another component of our operational improvements along I-10,” said TxDOT District Engineer Bob Bielek, DPA, P.E. “These particular improvements are significant in making access to highly trafficked shopping areas safer.”

The proposed project includes:

  • ramp reconfigurations and frontage road improvements
  • intersection improvements at Airway Boulevard, Hawkins Boulevard, and Viscount Boulevard
  • conversion of westbound entrance and exit ramps between Hawkins and Viscount boulevards to braided ramps
  • the addition of an auxiliary lane to westbound I-10 mainlanes between Airway and Viscount boulevards
  • new pavement markings, signs, illumination and computerized transportation management system

Impact on traffic is expected to be minimal as the work will be in progress behind barriers in the area. Motorists should take extra caution around work crews and be aware that the shoulder on the road will not be accessible for the duration of the project. All proposed work is anticipated to occur within the existing TxDOT right of way and would not result in commercial or residential displacements.

Construction crews working on the $16 million project will start work after the holiday season on Jan. 2, 2018, and will continue until November.


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