Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Montana Expressway? Images Show View of Future US 62/180 Freeway

A local design firm has unveiled renderings of what an eventual new East El Paso freeway may look like once completed. Plans were revealed by the Texas Department of Transportation in 2013 that show a miles-long stretch of Montana Avenue becoming an expressway east of Yarbrough Drive.
This rendering shows the western terminus of the planned US 62/180 freeway in East El Paso. The ramps take traffic to and from Global Reach Drive. (facebook.com/neomedia.dg)

Neomedia Design Group of El Paso posted several images online depicting multiple major intersections along the freeway, including at George Dieter Drive, Saul Kleinfeld Drive, and Rich Beem Boulevard.

Major interchanges will include direct connector ramps at Loop 375/Joe Battle Boulevard and Yarbrough Drive/Global Reach Drive.
The US 62/180 freeway will create an overpass at George Dieter Drive in East El Paso as seen in this rendering. (facebook.com/neomedia.dg)

The project's limits are from just west of Yarbrough to just east of Zaragoza Road, a stretch of over seven miles.
Direct connector ramps will help traffic travel between the US 62/180 freeway and Loop 375 in Far East El Paso. The new freeway will replace Montana Avenue and travel underneath Loop 375. (facebook.com/neomedia.dg)

The project includes frontage roads, as seen alongside most major freeways in El Paso. It was estimated to cost over $400 million when it was first revealed, with construction starting in 2015. It is unclear if that timetable is still in place.

You can read many more details about the project in our previous story:
From Avenue to Freeway - Montana Project May See Substantial Expansion