Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Loop 375 Widening to Extend Through Ft. Bliss to NE El Paso

The northern portion of the Purple Heart Memorial Highway, the section of Loop 375 that travels through Fort Bliss, will also be widened as part of an overall effort to expand freeway facilities in the Far East and Northeast parts of El Paso.
This concept image shows planned improvements to the Sgt. Major Blvd./Loop 375 interchange in East Fort Bliss. (Neomedia Design Group)

The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) held a meeting last month to inform the public about the coming project, which stretches about 7.3 miles along Loop 375 from Dyer Street to the Spur 601 interchange.

One lane in each direction will be added on the inside of the existing freeway for the majority of the project length, from just east of Railroad Drive to a point near Spur 601. Approximately half a mile of Loop 375 will be completely reconstructed in East Fort Bliss.

The interchange at Sgt. Major Boulevard will also be improved as part of the project, including additional lanes on the ramps and turnarounds. All bridge structures will need to be retrofitted to accommodate the new freeway lanes.

A hike and bike trail is proposed as well, and will travel the length of the project off of the eastbound main lanes. The freeway lanes may also have bike lanes on the outside shoulders.
The Purple Heart Memorial Highway will be widened to three lanes in each direction in East Fort Bliss, including the area around Sgt. Major Blvd. (TXDOT)

Plans were announced late last year for multiple freeway projects in the same area, including: widening of Loop 375 and the addition of frontage roads from Spur 601 to US 62/180 (Montana Avenue); upgrading of Montana Avenue to a freeway with frontage roads from Yarbrough Drive/Global Reach to Zaragoza Road; widening of Spur 601 and the addition of frontage roads from Airport Boulevard to Loop 375; and the widening of Zaragoza Road from Loop 375 to Montana Avenue.

The Loop 375 project will turn the four-lane freeway into one containing six lanes, three in each direction. No timeframe or budget has been revealed for the project.