It’s a long road ahead, but TxDOT El Paso is starting its plan to save I-10.
“2022 or 2023, somewhere in that area, hopefully we’ll be in a position where we’ll start improving and saving I-10 because there is a danger,” District Engineer Bob Bielek told KTSM, “There are areas of I-10 that are so bad today, particularly the downtown area.”
Looking ahead for Borderland drivers and those passing through I-10, TxDOT El Paso has initiated its “Reimagine I-10” corridor study, which includes public input for our input of alternative strategies to satisfy traffic in the future.
“So what are their challenges, where do they run into problems everyday. That gives us the basic information to how to address those challenges. How to balance what we can do and what’s impossible to do,” Bielek shared.
The first phase of the study involves looking at pavement testing for restoration, current bridge conditions for replacement if needed, and relieving air quality. This starting from the New Mexico state line down to Tornillo, which is 55 miles of over 50 year old concrete pavement.
“We’ll be taking a look at all of those and balancing the environmental costs, the economic cost, and the benefits we’ll receive from all of those. That’s what leads to preferred alternatives,” Bielek shared.
Even though we’re still a few years away from projected construction plans for Reimagine I-10, TxDOT El Paso is making sure the potential future changes will benefit all drivers.
“When we make the changes, we’re looking for another 50 years of service. So we don’t want to have to do something that we have to change 5 or 10 years down the road,” Bielek said.
The next phase is projected to begin in the next few months.