Thursday, May 16, 2013

Zaragoza Interchange Could Open by November

The $26 million project to bring direct connectors to the Zaragoza Road/Loop 375 interchange on El Paso’s east side is scheduled for completion on November 9, 2013, according to an update this month from the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT).

Two ramps are under construction at the site, one that will take drivers directly from Zaragoza Road southbound to Loop 375 southbound and another that will travel from Loop 375 northbound to Zaragoza Road northbound.

Some concrete beams have already been placed on the southbound direct connector, while beams for the northbound ramp are scheduled to begin placement in this quarter.

All columns for the southbound connector have been built, while northbound columns are nearing completion.

Steel girders, which are placed along longer expanses of bridge, are scheduled to be delivered this month. Finalization of frontage road construction is also pending.
The construction update also states that TXDOT is in discussions with the contractor, A.S. Horner of New Mexico, to possibly create an accelerated schedule to “make up for delays associated with ROW (right of way) acquisition on issues.” If the parties can agree on a sped up schedule, the ramps could be opened to traffic in November.