Transmountain Road Project Delay


POSTED: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 4:49pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 6:41pm

EL PASO - No decision yet on whether Transmountain Road will become a full blown highway.

The Texas Department of Transportation presented the environmental assessment of the Transmountain Road Project to city leaders today.

The project is meant to improve mobility along the Loop 375 corridor in northwest El Paso.

El Pasoans are divided on the issue.

Jim Tolbert from the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition says he wants to keep the area's natural beauty.

"It's what people see as they go up Transmountain. Rather than obscuring that view, we want to keep that view open to people. It's a very beautiful area, it's a wildlife area," Tolbert said.

Chuck Berry is a TxDOT engineer and he says that the expansion could be a positive thing for our community.

"We can separate the travel flows. We believe that it addresses the safety aspect. We believe that it addresses the mobility aspect. We believe that it addresses the environment as a whole," Berry said.

The issue will come up again at a public hearing on March 22, 2010 at Canutillo High School.

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