Contact: Jennifer Wright
Phone: (915) 790-4340
Date: Oct. 28, 2019
EL PASO – Drivers who use Loop 375 (Transmountain Road) are encouraged to budget extra travel time or consider an alternate route when scheduled construction on the four-lane highway starts next month.
Crews will work on the reconstruction of 9.5 miles of pavement on Transmountain from 0.4 mile west of Resler to .055 mile west of US 54. Contractor crews will start preparation activities this week with minimal impact to traffic and will implement a long-term traffic switch in late November. During the work, traffic will be down to one lane for stretches at a time in both directions. The $13.5 million project also includes new metal beam guardrail fence and drainage.
Reconstruction of that portion of Transmountain is needed as it was used as a detour during the four-year GO10 project on the city’s Westside and it is often used other times when I-10 is closed an alternate route. While this roadwork will be highly impactful, pavement reconstruction is required to ensure safety and prolong the life of the roadway.
Transmountain Road, first opened Aug. 5, 1969, is the largest excavation project ever undertaken by the Highway Department. Crews blasted, clawed, scraped, hauled, dumped, shoveled and rolled more than 4.5 million cubic yards of excavation for 7.5 miles through the mountains. It was, and remains, one of the most scenic roadways in the state.
Construction is expected to take more than a year and be completed in spring 2021.
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