Mesa Street, Transmountain next on TxDOT’s construction this summer


The past few years have been filled with traffic construction and closures.

As the Go-10 project begins to wrap up, two new TxDot plans have begun developing in some of the most used roadways.

First, TxDOT El Paso plans on working on Transmountain starting this summer for 4-6 months. Crews will need to overlay the current surface Transmountain to repair the pavement. 

TxDOT officials tell KTSM they expect to reduce the roads to only one lane in each direction during the project.

The more complex project will be a complete reconstruction of Mesa Street between Glory Road and Sunland Park Drive. Due to the road being old, crews will need to re-built and remove the soft soil underneath. It compresses and then you get depressions in the pavement. Then you get a lot of cracking within those depressions and eventually the surface comes off, District Engineer for TxDOT El Paso, Bob Bielek said. 

Part of the wear and tear in the roadways derives from vehicles getting redirected from other TxDOT projects, We put a lot more traffic on Mesa and Transmountain during the Go-10 project and since the project is going to be completed in the next few weeks, this is the appropriate time to go back and get those two fixed, Bielek said. 

Bielek says the goal of the projects is to upgrade the road, but not forget about those who rely on one of the most traveled areas, We want people to be able to get to their normal businesses. We want the businesses to prosper and still be there when this is over. We’re trying to accommodate both the users and the business owners.

TxDOT said they are still in the preliminary stages of the two new projects which include hiring a contractor and getting input from businesses who will be affected by the construction.

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