Wednesday, August 7, 2013

UTEP Updates: RTS, Kerbey Projects Add to Construction

Two City projects are adding to the current construction taking place in the vicinity of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) campus. A mass transit project and a traffic calming project will affect areas around UTEP, according to the school’s On the Move website (www.onthemove.utep.edu).

Ground was broken earlier this year on the Mesa Bus Rapid Transit System (RTS) corridor, and crews are now working on constructing the platform that will serve as the Glory Road RTS station. The station will sit across the street from the Glory Road Transfer Center and Parking Garage.
A Brio RTS station will be built at the Glory Road Transfer Center. (Rendering: sunmetro.net)

The City’s Brio RTS line will run from the Downtown Transfer Center to the West Side Transfer Center and will make a stop at UTEP. This is the first of four corridors that are planned for the RTS line. The others are Alameda Avenue, Montana Avenue, and Dyer Street.

The second project involves Kerbey Avenue to the east of the UTEP campus in the residential area. The City will be installing roundabouts at three intersections as traffic calming measures at Florence Street, Saint Vrain Street, and Blanchard Avenue.
Rendering of what Wiggins Plaza will look like once complete.

Crews will also re-stripe the street as part of the project. Construction on the roundabout project should begin this month and be completed in 45 days.

On campus, work continues on transforming the grounds into a more pedestrian- and student-friendly environment. An elliptical labyrinth is being added to the Wiggins Plaza project near the Health Sciences and Nursing Building. Work on the Plaza is 90 percent complete and should be done by fall.
This before and after photo from www.onthemove.utep.edu shows the amount of demolition and grading work involved in creating Centennial Plaza at UTEP.

Utility work is ongoing at the Centennial Plaza site as earth movers are building trenches in the area. The 15 foot deep trenches will carry utility lines around the university. The utility work should be complete by the end of the year.

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