Monday, March 5, 2012

Americas Interchange Altering Eastside Landscape

Work continues on the giant Americas Interchange project in far east El Paso at the intersection of I-10 and Loop 375 and major construction work is about 35-40% done, according to a February newsletter from the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.
Conceptual Image of Complete Construction
In this phase of the project, three direct connectors will be constructed with plans to add five additional connectors when funding becomes available. The connectors currently being constructed are:

Eastbound I-10 to northbound Loop 375;
Southbound Loop 375 to westbound I-10; and
Northbound Loop 375 to westbound I-10.
The timeline for completion shows a January 2013 deadline, but the CRRMA website indicates a goal to complete the work ahead of schedule. The work that includes building the three direct connectors is a $146 Million project and is being constructed by Americas Gateway Builders, a partnership between Zachry & CH2M HILL. It is part of a larger regional plan to complete the entire Loop 375 around El Paso, and to provide relief to chronically congested Interstate 10. It will also serve to ease congestion for Eastsiders who use the intersection on a daily basis.

Americas Interchange website:
February 2012 Newsletter: