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Author Topic: El Paso: Loop 375 west construction (toll)  (Read 895 times)

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El Paso: Loop 375 west construction (toll)
« on: April 13, 2018, 05:27:50 PM »

Construction is proceeding well and it could be open as soon as later this year


Going westbound, this is the start near downtown
http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180402_12-0247-1600.jpg


Elevated structure
http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180402_12-0257-1600.jpg


The background on the left side is Mexico
http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180402_12-0259-1600.jpg


http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180402_12-0261-1600.jpg


http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180402_12-0267-1600.jpg


This is near the former Ascarco smelter
http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180402_12-0280-1600.jpg


Looking westbound/northwest near the former Asarco smelter
http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180402_12-0285-1600.jpg


http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180402_12-0292-1600.jpg


There is a lot of work along Interstate 10. This view is along Interstate 10. The existing direct connector as Sunland Park road is currently being demolished.
http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180402_12-0297-1600.jpg



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Re: El Paso: Loop 375 west construction (toll)
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2018, 11:09:41 AM »

Really not impressed with this project, as most of it has been a mistake.   The existing Interstate 10 alignment, should have been moved onto the pre-existing Paisano Blvd, just east of the Rio Grande, and the border. Keeping it east of the Union Pacific tracks.  Asarco smelter is closed and removed!  Shifting 10 could have freed up property for future development!  The tight curve at Exit 13, Sunland Park Dr, has not been eliminated!  Which would have been done had the Interstate been shifted west.   There is a significant incline, as well, east of Sunland Park, for both eastbound and westbound traffic on 10, also, that could have been eliminated had the Interstate been shifted west.  That creates rolling cyclical backups due to trucking slowing as it goes up the incline from both directions.   Just because an agency has money, doesn't mean it should simply throw it around without careful study and foresight.   
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Re: El Paso: Loop 375 west construction (toll)
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2018, 04:35:31 PM »

I'm wondering if they're still planning a US-62/Montana Avenue freeway out on the East side of El Paso. A lot of renderings and animated videos were produced of it years ago. As far as I can tell the project could be in limbo.
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Re: El Paso: Loop 375 west construction (toll)
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2018, 01:10:05 PM »

Elevated Structure?  :-o

I am surprised they are still building them.
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Re: El Paso: Loop 375 west construction (toll)
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2018, 03:37:53 PM »

Well, it is Texas after all. A decent number of elevated "Lexus Lanes" have been added to big city highways in Texas over the past decade.
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Re: El Paso: Loop 375 west construction (toll)
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2018, 11:07:34 AM »

I'm wondering if they're still planning a US-62/Montana Avenue freeway out on the East side of El Paso. A lot of renderings and animated videos were produced of it years ago. As far as I can tell the project could be in limbo.

Would guess such an undertaking, would be at least a decade away.  There has been widening (to six lanes) and traffic signal replacements done on the Montana Avenue corridor (US 62-180) in recent years.   It would seem senseless (and wasteful, another txdot theme) to rip all that out in the immediate future time frame.   
    Such a facility (Montana Ave freeway) would essentially be an "orphan" facility, as it would not connect to a freeway at either end.  It would cross the eastern side of the loop 375 facility, which encircles El Paso, and is built to varying (non Interstate mostly) standards.   
    One thing the agency should have done, and should be thinking about, is ROW acquisition in certain areas along this heavily traveled Montana Ave. corridor.   Vestiges of ROW preservation are visible along Montana Avenue in the Hawkins and McRae Blvd areas, likely from the sixties.  Ironically that area is west of the proposed freeway upgrade.   It does seem the cat is out of the bag long ago though, as development tightly hugs the corridor at many traffic signals and in certain stretches along the south side.   Much of the north side is Fort Bliss property and perhaps the idea is to simply shift a hypothetical freeway with frontages to the north. 
    A "Trowbridge Avenue" freeway was planned years ago, which would have used much of the Montana Avenue corridor, and then traveled to the west along Trowbridge Avenue to meet the current Patriot Freeway barely a mile north of present day Interstate 10.   The amount of takings required along Trowbridge, to create an open path, and the obvious duplication of Interstate 10 were likely reasons for it's demise.   
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Re: El Paso: Loop 375 west construction (toll)
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2018, 11:20:23 AM »

Elevated Structure?  :-o

I am surprised they are still building them.

These elevated structures are being constructed in former Asarco Copper property, and along the Union Pacific RR tracks directly adjacent to the international border.   It is essentially "brownfield" property, and there are no residential abutters to create opposition.  Basically a path of least resistance in a quest (would term it obsession) to "complete the loop".  Improving pre-existing Interstate 10 geometrically should have been the goal.   
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