Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Loop 375 Northeast Project Should be Finished by July 2014

The project to complete the Loop 375 freeway in northeast El Paso continues as planned, and the new mainlanes should open to traffic in July of 2014. That’s according to an update received by the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) at its May 8, 2013 meeting.

Overpasses at three interchanges are still under construction, but most have seen significant progress. Work continues to complete the bridges at Kenworthy Drive, Rushing Boulevard, and Alcan Avenue.
Excavation work continues at the Loop 375 freeway project
 in northeast El Paso. (TXDOT/CRRMA Photo)
The freeway’s only underpass will occur as Loop 375 travels underneath US-54 and its Gateway frontage roads. Crews continue to excavate the earth in this section.

Aesthetics improvements will be seen on non-structural concrete surfaces and on sounds walls that will be erected later on in the project.

Paving work for the non-bridge mainlanes will begin when “backfill and compaction” are compete.
The bridge span over Kenworthy Drive is nearly complete. (TXDOT/CRRMA Photo)
The $50 million 3.0 mile project began construction in December of 2011 when crews began realigning Woodrow Bean-Transmountain Road in order to provide more space to the future mainlanes.

The freeway project completes a gap in the Loop 375 freeway between US-54 and Dyer Street. Once completed, commuters using the freeway will not have to stop at any traffic lights while travelling through northeast El Paso.

This month’s update indicates the freeway should open in 14 months. J.D. Abrams of Austin is the project’s contractor.