It may be another two more years until the Texas Department of Transportation presents its final proposal for a highway widening and upgrading project in El Paso.
What is being called Reimagine 10 is a project aimed at soliciting the views of the public on the contours and design of Interstate 10 as it curves into El Paso.
The segment planned for work stretches from the Executive Center Boulevard and Copia Street, in a dense part of the city made up of any number of warehouses, garages, businesses, and homes.
Up to 30 commercial and residential structures could end up being demolished as a result of the project, which will also see the demolition of bridges failing to meet the state’s modern height requirements.
Also included in the project: the construction of new trailing walls, ramps, cross streets, and replacement bridges.
The Texas DOT has spent the past months reviewing an original nine proposals, evaluating them in terms of their impact on such matters as traffic congestion, impact on business and natural resources, and potential for improving bicycle and walking access.
Those nine proposals have now been winnowed down to three, with the goal of presenting a final proposal to the public in 2023.
Work on what may end up being a $700 million project could begin by 2029 with a three-year construction schedule.
By Garry Boulard
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