Dyer to be closed for bridge demolition

El Paso News

The demolition of a pedestrian bridge will require the full closure of Dyer in both directions this coming weekend.

The construction is part of the Sun Metro Brio Rapid Transit System construction project. 

Work will begin along Dyer at Ellerthorpe on Friday, Mar. 9 at 6 p.m. and will last through 5 a.m. Monday, Mar. 12. Both lanes of travel will be closed between Julian Ave. and Ellerthorpe Ave. along Dyer.

Detours will be in place and motorists should expect delays in the area or plan ahead for an alternate route. 

Fort Bliss requested the removal of the pedestrian bridge, which is on federal property, as a condition for allowing the Sun Metro project to proceed on federal land. The existing bridge does not meet ADA design criteria due to excessive slopes, according to the City.

The bridge will be replaced with a signal crosswalk, which will be operational before the bridge is removed. The project will also include the addition of a safety zone in the median of Dyer, a new bus stop and shelter, improved sidewalks, new landscape and lighting.

The $35.9 million dollar project stretches approximately 11.4 miles along the Dyer corridor and will connect the future Northgate Transit Center to the Downtown Transit Center. 

During the bridge demolition, Sun Metro stops on Dyer and Ellerthorpe and Dyer at Julian will be out of service for Route 35. Bus passengers are encouraged to use temporary bus stops at Dyer near Conzelman and Kemp. There is also a bus stop on Dyer near Titanic and Hercules. 

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