EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - Friday morning Texas Department of Transportation officials in El Paso held a press conference to announce a new tow truck initiative to help ease congestion on Interstate 10.
TxDOT engineer Bob Bielek says congestion costs the City money and wastes drivers valuable time. On Monday they will have several tow truck drivers from El Paso Towing on standby to respond to any stalled vehicles or minor accidents to transport the drivers and vehicles to a safe location.
Bielek says this will be done along the route of the GO10 Project from Thorn to Cotton only during rush hour from 6-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.
Drivers will not be charged for the service which is being funded by the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization. Bielek says they have a three-month, $68,000 contract with El Paso Towing for the initiative.
Several drivers we spoke with say they love the idea of reducing congestion.
"Sometimes when the traffic jams it can cause another accident so having those tow truckers available will keep the flow of the traffic going and people will get to work on time," driver Raul Granado said.
Bielek says this is the start of a larger $4.3 million project intended to help drivers across all of El Paso. More details on the following phases he says will be released in the coming months.