Billion Dollar Americas Interchange Project Begins
POSTED: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:17pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 3:14pm
EL PASO- Construction has started on the Americas Interchange, a direct connector from Loop 375 to I-10.
The construction is part of a $1 billion Comprehensive Mobility Plan for the El Paso area. The funding and development of the Americas Interchange is being expedited by El Paso's transportation agency, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA).
According to the El Paso Association of Builders, the intersection at I-10 and Loop 375 handles an estimated 205,000 vehicles daily. The significant volume of traffic and ever-increasing congestion is the reason for the much-needed improvement to the interchange. The association also estimates that over the next 20 years, traffic at the Americas Interchange will increase by more than 50%.
Although this is a good thing for El Paso's expansion and infrastructure, it will definitely be a headache in the meantime for commuters.
"It's a big deal, my work is on Rojas so that's just gonna be, as a commuter...I'm gonna have to go around, which causes an extra 10-15 minutes, as a commuter, it's a little hard," said Arcelia Gomez.
Starting tomorrow, the u-turn on Rojas will be closed. It will be the first of many closures scheduled through January 2013.
Pete Jacobs, the Senior Program Manager, says that the constructions " should not impact traffic anymore than what's out there already."
He says that they will not close streets down during rush hour time frames. If there happens to be a special occasion when main streets need to be closed, they will do this on a weekend.
For now, drivers will have to learn how to deal with the construction.
"Just drive through safely, we gotta lot of workers out there, they're doing the best they can and going as fast as they can, so please be safe with them," said Jacobs.