$800 million road project approved

Monica Cortez(KTSM)
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POSTED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 5:36pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 7:52am

Dozens of Texas roads will soon get a makeover.

The Texas Transportation Commission has approved more than a billion dollars in local road projects over the next two years.

And none are larger than the $800 million Loop 375 project.

This road project is one that Commissioner Vince Perez says is long overdue, and is the largest one in the borderland’s history.

“The last transportation project of this magnitude was the construction of I-10,” said Perez.

Loop 375 will finally connect El Paso from end to end and provide an alternate route to I-10.

"My mom lives on the east side and I am always commuting back and forth and to not have to take I-10 the get everywhere will really help out.”

El Pasoans like Mallonda Weston will soon have the option of using the border highway to get to any part of the Sun City thanks to a newly approved road project.

"What this new project will do is it will connect loop 375 from the here in the downtown area to transmountain road," said Perez

The 800 million dollar project approved by the Texas Transportation Commission is an accomplishment for El Paso.

"El Paso is the only major urban area in Texas that doesn't have a loop that goes around the entire city,” said Perez. “This is a huge feat for El Paso. This is a huge achievement."

But this isn't the only construction taking place in the Sun City. Several other projects will not only change the city's landscape, but the roads as well.

According to the Unified Transportation Program, sidewalks and landscape will transform Glory Road to Jefferson on the city's Westside totaling nearly $1.2 million.

Old Hueco Tanks Road to Eastlake Boulevard at Gateway East will feature a new 4 lane road with a raised median costing nearly $4.5 million.

US 54 to Sun Valley will see a rapid transit system rolled out, with a price tag of $9.2 million. Just to name a few.

And with these state funded projects, Perez said sometimes it just comes down to when the funding is available. He added once Loop 375 is complete, it will be unlike any other in the sun city.

“The new construction will be tolled,” said Perez. “Unfortunately when state funding is tight these are sort of the new and innovated ways to the state is trying to find and pay for these types of projects."

For more information on all of the city’s plans visit:

http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/tpp/utp/2014/2014_utp.pdf

You can find El Paso’s plans on pages 389-418.

 

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