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TxDOT proposes project to relieve traffic in west El Paso

KDBC El Paso logo KDBC El Paso 5 days ago Holly Bock
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Traffic problems in a popular part of El Paso may soon be getting better.

During a District 1 community meeting Wednesday night, the Texas Department of Transportation detailed out their newest proposed project that will allow traffic to flow better in west El Paso.

The streets are often extremely bust in west El Paso near the West Towne Marketplace. During rush hour, traffic is bumper to bumper spreading all the way down Artcraft.

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Caption: Holly Bock reports on TxDOT's proposed project to reduce traffic in west El Paso. (Credit: CBS4){p}{/p}

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This project is not final and it would run from I-10 to Artcraft to the New Mexico state line. 

The proposed project would improve the safety and reliability of travel time and also accommodate larger vehicles, many of which are coming from the Santa Teresa port of entry.

The proposed project would include: Four direct connectors with two lanes. What that means is for example I-10 westbound to state highway 178, or Artcraft westbound, would be connected. It will also include construction, widening and extending frontage roads in both directions. Plus TXDOT would add frontage roads stretching off of Artcraft near Upper Valley Road and Westside Drive.

The project's estimated completion date is May of 2023 and is estimated to cost close to $200 million. 

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TXDOT is also looking into adding digital highway signs that can detect wrong-way drivers and will alert the police department immediately if that does happen.

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