Thursday, November 13, 2014

Loop 375 Extension Now Called 'Border West Expressway'

State and local officials held a groundbreaking this week for the now renamed Border West Expressway project in West El Paso. The project, formerly known as Border Highway West, will create a tolled expressway and complete the loop around the city.
The Border West Expressway will be a tollway for 5.6 miles from West El Paso near Sunland Park to Downtown. (TXDOT)

The largest part of the 7.4 mile project will be the construction of a four-lane tollway stretching from Racetrack Drive on the West Side to Loop 375's current terminus at Santa Fe Street south of Downtown El Paso. Racetrack Drive is located along Paisano Drive just south of Interstate 10 in the vicinity of Sunland Park Drive.

This 5.6 mile portion of the project will be completely tolled, with two lanes in each direction. It runs from the Sunland Park area south generally along Paisano Road around the Cemex property until about Executive Center Boulevard where it will run largely parallel to Interstate 10 near the University of Texas at El Paso. It will then continue south around the Union Plaza and Chihuahuita neighborhoods and connect with the current Loop 375.

Southeast of Downtown, a new interchange will be constructed that will create ramps near the intersection of Paisano Drive and Coles Street in South El Paso. This will allow commuters to enter and exit the non-tolled portion of the Border Highway.

Abrams-Kiewit Joint Venture, the contractor on the project, has created four "Work Areas" of focused work: Work Area 1 from Park Street to northwest of Spur 1966 (Schuster Extension); Work Area 2 from northwest of Spur 1966 to Downtown; Work Area 3, which is the reconstruction of Loop 375 south of Downtown; and Work Area 4, the Coles-Paisano Interchange.
This map shows the path the Border West Expressway will take, stretching from South El Paso to the West Side. (borderwestexpressway.com)

Work Areas 1 and 4 will be the first to see construction start. Construction on the $550 million project should be completed in fall of 2017.

Previously:
Toll Rates Revealed for Border Highway West
Transportation Update: Border Highway West

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