Some "Streetcar" related closures reopening, more closures on the way

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - Some relief is on the way for Central and Downtown El Paso drivers as some roads will be reopening after work related to the streetcar project.

Starting on Friday, Stanton St. will b reopening to two-way traffic between Schuster and Yandell Dr.

Also on Friday, Santa Fe St. will reopen, with one lane in each direction, between Paisano and Father Rahm Ave.

Also 4th Avenue will reopen to two-way traffic between El Paso and Santa Fe. There will still be some delays near the Sun Metro Transfer Center on Santa Fe as part of the construction of the new Maintenance and Storage Facility.

Despite the relief more closures are around the corner. Mesa St. will be reduced to one lane in each direction around the intersection with Glory Road and Baltimore Drive.

This is as crews begin phase 2 of the project on Mesa St. Expect delays for several weeks.

Martin Bartlett, spokesman for the Streetcar Project, recommends drivers use extra caution as construction is constantly shifting.

"We drive as creatures of habit so it's incredibly important to have your wits about you as you're driving while new traffic control and new traffic patterns are in place. So whether you're going through Mesa Street where they'll be new lane restrictions or you're traveling on Stanton or Santa Fe street where lanes are opening really be cognoscente of the changing patterns as you're driving," Bartlet said.

As part of the Mesa Street section of the project, Glory Rd. will remain closed to through traffic between Oregon and Mesa St. Baltimore Dr. will remain closed between Mesa and Stanton.

The Streetcar Project is expected to be completed in 2018.

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