Transmountain Road on El Paso’s West Side is the latest portion of Loop 375 to see expansion, and the contractor on the project has indicated that the new freeway could open as soon as this month. The 3.5 mile project stretches from Interstate 10 to the Franklin Mountains State Park entrance.
|Direct connectors will take drivers to and from Loop 375 in West El Paso. (www.sundt.com)|
The opening date was indicated in a recent blog post at the website of Sundt Construction (www.sundt.com), the contractor based in Tempe, Arizona. Sundt began construction in the fall of 2012.
The project includes two direct connector ramps to and from I-10, as well as construction of four main lanes on Loop 375, two in each direction. New frontage roads run alongside the freeway lanes, and four overpasses have been built over crossing surface streets. Hiking and biking trails were also constructed on each side of the freeway.
Sundt’s blog post was created in March and indicated that landscaping was 70 percent complete at the time, while overhead sign structures were already in place.
“What’s left before the project is complete in mid-May? Traffic signalization, electrical work below some of the bridges, and asphalt paving,” the blog adds.
Construction is ending at the same time work is nearly complete on the Loop 375 main lanes in Northeast El Paso. Those lanes opened to traffic last month.
When all the lanes are opened in the coming weeks, commuters will be able to travel on Loop 375 from I-10 in West El Paso to I-10 in Far East El Paso without stopping.