EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – One project designed to make traveling on I-10 West easier is now complete.
Monday morning, the Collector-Distributor lanes, or CD Lanes, which take exiting westbound drivers to either Sunland Park, Resler or North Mesa, are open.
Collector-distributor lanes are high-speed roadways designed to keep traffic from having to merge in and out of I-10.
These lanes are designed to keep local traffic out of the main lanes so the traffic on I-10 can flow freely.
With I-10 being the main highway used by many traveling across the country, traffic can build up making it harder for El Pasoans to get where they need to go.
The new lanes are meant to fix that issue.
“A lot of traffic traveling I-10 is just trying to get through town and when you introduce traffic entering or exiting, you introduce friction,” said Jennifer Wright a TxDOT spokeswoman. “That means cars coming on not going fast, mingling with cars that are in the faster lanes slowing everything down.”
As El Paso continues to grow space is limited especially on the West Side of town because it is bounded by a state line an international border.
This project is expected to help with the flow of traffic by adding alternate routes other than I-10, but it is just part of a bigger change.
“There’s still work to be done in the center lanes and the project won’t be at its full capacity for several months, but this is a big milestone and it’s going to appear to a lot of people that the job is almost finished, which it is,” Wright said.
Crews worked through the weekend ahead of the opening in order to make sure everything was ready for drivers.
This is one part of the GO-10 Project underway across West El Paso.