I-10 project on hold following deadly crash, lanes back open


POSTED: Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 5:14pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 8:33am

The Spur 1966 project that closed a large portion of I-10 in West El Paso has been put on hold following a deadly crash early Sunday morning.

TxDOT reopened the westbound lanes of the freeway shortly before 5 p.m. The eastbound lanes reopened around 6 p.m.

Two construction workers were killed after a suspected drunk driver crashed through the eastbound barriers, hitting the men at around 2:30 a.m., roughly two-and-a-half hours after work began on the project.

Crews were scheduled to install beams for the new overpass that will link the Border Highway to the UTEP campus.

"The work scheduled for Sunday will be done at a later date," said TxDOT Spokesman Bob Bielek. "As always, TxDOT urges drivers to use caution passing in or near any work zone and to heed all instructions regarding detours and speed."

The driver accused of causing Sunday's crash has only been identified as an 18-year-old man from Fort Bliss.

The two men killed have not been identified.

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