POSTED: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 8:40pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 8:52pm
August 17th- Sept 6th
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Traffic could get a lot worse in the coming weeks starting Saturday. Crews will be working on the César Chavez Border Highway, part of Loop 375 to which will cause major slow downs.
The construction is all part of the $600m Border Highway Project, that transportation officials are hoping will convince more eastsiders to use instead of I-10, reducing congestion. But starting Saturday, for a temporary time, congestion may get worse.
Reconstruction of the 9 mile stretch of Loop 375 meant to extend the highway and to convert it into a toll road, has been somewhat of an eyesore and obstacle for those that use the Border Highway daily.
The specific stretch of Loop 375 called Cesar Chavez Border Highway will be reduced to one lane for westbound traffic starting Saturday August 17th through September 6th. Crews are working to remove an existing concrete traffic barrier.
Alternate westbound exit ramp closures include:
NewsChannel Nine talked to a few people in the area who weren't too excited.
"Of course it's for the better, but I guess hire more personnel I guess to speed up the process because El Paso is a big city. And there is a lot of people that both use it here in El Paso and from across the border so hopefully it will be done soon,"said local Hector Armen.
Jannet Quintero said she will have to figure out a different route for her weekend plans.
"Very huge inconvenience. I mean not only for me but for everyone that has to use that particular way to get home," said Quintero.
According to the spokesperson for TXDOT, says the Border Highway Project should be completed by the first week of January.