GO 10 is taking shape! Everywhere you look, it’s new bridges over there, new columns over here, new lanes for miles and miles. The progress is reflective of the fact that GO 10 is ahead of schedule (high five!) for the time being, but, it hasn’t been without its challenges. Read on to see where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.
The GO 10 project is ahead of schedule.
GO 10 continues to work under an official completion date of April 2019; but as of June 2017, GO 10 can report it is two months ahead of schedule. How? By working in different sections concurrently, allowing for continuous construction rather than work in phases. Good planning increased the workforce on critical construction activities allowing other portions of the project to be completed ahead of schedule.
Concurrent work on different sections of the project accelerated construction.
Main areas of work are at Mesa, Resler, Sunland Park and the widening of I-10 from Buena Vista to Executive Center. Instead of working each area somewhat independently, the project was developed in a more linear fashion, allowing us access to all areas at the same time. This provided for each specialized crew such as bridge, paving, etc. to accelerate their work in those areas simultaneously.
GO 10 faced a big challenge at the beginning.
The project experienced delays at the start, caused by a default on the original contract and a search to establish a new contractor. The new contractor’s status also had to be accelerated to perform at the target rate and make up for the lost time.
Traffic control has been top of mind for all of us.
The emphasis has been on keeping three lanes open to traffic on I-10 and to minimize the inconvenience to the traveling public when lane reductions and/or freeway closures were required. Many of the closures have been during nighttime hours--Sunday through Thursday closures have been restricted--and full closures with multiple work activities have been utilized as a way to reduce the number of closures and their associated impact.
Plans for these next few months are extensive.
The westbound traffic switch to the collector-distributor lanes (link to explanation of what is a collector-distributor lane) will happen this summer. The temporary Sunland westbound exit ramp will be constructed later this year and re-building of the I-10 East Overpass at North Mesa will be ongoing. Sunland Park will be the final section to be completed in 2019.
With all the work taking place, it pays to stay alert and drive safe.
As a driver, you play a major role in keeping the work zone safe for motorists and workers. Follow these tips when you’re on the road:
- Slow down and follow posted works zone speed signs.
- Pay attention to other drivers.
- Stay focused. Avoid distractions. Put the phone away.
- Expect the unexpected. Be on the lookout for uneven pavement, narrow lanes,concrete barricades and other distractions.
- Keep your cool. Be patient.
- Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
- Don’t tailgate.
- Plan ahead. Leave a few minutes early to reach your destination on time.