Construction on the GO 10oproject has reached a milestone in recent weeks as work activities have shifted from earthwork to structural work. Earthwork includes activities such as leveling sloped or uneven land, drilling holes into the ground, and hauling dirt. Structural work involves building structures, such as forming new bridge columns and placing bridge beams.
Enjoy the following pictorial, which shows the most recent progress on structures.
Bridge widening near Executive Center
All bridges are generally widened in stages – crews first move dirt to level the land, then they break up existing pavement, then structural work starts with formwork to create new columns and bridge abutments.
Formwork near the ramps at Sunland Park and Paisano Drive (US 85)
Beam placement near North Mesa Street
New bridge beams are now in place along I-10 near the North Mesa Street intersection. Both South Desert Boulevard and I-10 are being widened.
Eventually, GO 10 bridge work will turn to more high profile bridges, including the overpass and bridge at Sunland Park Drive.
This section of the corridor will be one of the most complex sections to tackle because:
- I-10 is spanned by two bridges at Sunland Park Drive – the eastbound overpass and the Sunland Park Drive through lanes. Both bridges will receive improvements.
- The eastbound overpass will be reconfigured so that vehicles are distributed onto the new CD lanes, rather than the mainlanes. That means the existing overpass will have to be demolished and rebuilt.
- The Sunland Park Drive through lanes will receive new turnaround lanes.
- Approximately a one-half mile farther east (in the background of the image), new overpass ramps will connect I-10 directly with Paisano Drive (US 85).
For El Paso, it will be the most transformed section of I-10.
Click on the button to see a gallery of images showing recent construction work.