During rush hour, drivers tell KTSM they get stuck in traffic no matter which direction they’re traveling, as they approach the intersection of Eastlake and Darrington Road.
The Eastlake Project involves widening the road from a four lane to six lanes.
The second part of Phase One started on Monday.
So far, crews have completed widening Eastlake from Rojas to Peyton. Now construction begins from Peyton to Darrington.
The project also includes putting in a new storm sewer system, media lighting, landscaping and and a hiking path.
An El Paso county engineer said workers are on schedule and he hope drivers will be understanding.
“The only thing I can tell them is just be patient,” said Saul Alonzo, a Transportation Program Engineer for El Paso County. “I know when construction starts it’s never something that you can do overnight or over the weekend this is an almost to your project.”
Maribel Carrillo, who lives nearby, said she get’s frustrated, but knows the construction is part of the progress.
“It’s hard but I’m just hoping that whatever they do is what they’re planning on doing is better for us,” she said. “Because I know what they’re doing down in Eastlake is almost done. There are three lanes now so the outcome it will be good. We just have to be patient.”
The project is expected to be finished in two years, officials said.