Residents Say East El Paso Intersection 'Unsafe'
POSTED: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 10:14am
UPDATED: Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 10:40am
EAST EL PASO - On a Sunday night in November of 2010, a teenage boy was killed in as the Ford Taurus as he and his friends was struck by a Hummer at the intersection of Zaragosa and Sunfire in far east El Paso. At the time of the accident, many residents of the area complained about the danger of the intersection. At night, there is very little light, and a high volume of traffic on Zaragosa. That makes it difficult for traffic on Sunfire to cross safely and in a timely manner. Now, many months later, there are still no street lights and probably more importantly, no stop lights at the intersection, and some residents are not happy about it.
We spoke to representatives at TX-DOT, and they say there are plans for putting in a stop light in the intersection. However, the traffic light won't be installed until after a project to put in a new ramp connecting Zaragosa to Joe Battle (Loop 375) is complete. Work on that project isn't scheduled to begin until January of next year.