The Texas Department of Transportation announced that it plans to close a portion of Interstate 10 near The University of Texas at El Paso from noon, Sunday, Aug. 24, through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, as part of the Spur 1966 project.
The plan – weather permitting – is to close the freeway in both directions so crews can pour the concrete deck and overhang, and remove portions of the Yandell Street Bridge. The overhang is part of the bridge deck that sticks out from the girders.
Westbound motorists will exit at Porfirio Diaz Street and re-enter the interstate at the Schuster entrance ramp. Eastbound traffic will exit at Sunland Park Drive, continue along Paisano Drive, and re-enter I-10 through the U.S. 54 ramp.
Spur 1966 will connect Paisano to Schuster Avenue on the south end of campus and enhance the area’s traffic flow. The next planned project-related I-10 closure is scheduled in late September.
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