As 2016 ramps up, so will GO 10 construction. Within the first quarter of 2016, we are planning for a continuance of work activities that will have a minimum impact on traffic, including earthwork, drainage, illumination, bridge foundations, and preparations for the widening of bridges. (There are 29 bridges in GO 10’s six-mile construction corridor.)
As drivers have seen, work has been initiated at North Mesa Street, requiring the placement of concrete barrier to protect workers; but, the good news is the traffic capacity will not be reduced and lane configurations will not be changed. During this first quarter of 2016, a significant amount of prep work will be developed in order to increase work activities and begin significant progress to include retaining walls and pavement construction. (In the end, GO 10 will have poured approximately 72 acres of concrete pavement and 87,000 tons of asphalt pavement.)
GO 10 will continue to advise the public in advance of any significant lane closures as the work is identified. In the meantime, the concrete barrier between Executive Center and Sunland Park will remain; but, keep in mind, the barrier is blocking the shoulder only; all three traffic lanes remain open.
We would like to acknowledge Sunland Park Mall, the El Paso Times, and the El Paso Fire Department for their interactions with GO 10 recently. In December and January, we visited with the mall managers of Sunland Park Mall to answer their questions and hear their concerns about how GO 10 will affect their business. In the spirit of openness and coordination, GO 10 continues to communicate with the mall managers and we are happy they are now an official GO 10 project partner. The mall will be the location for our kickoff meeting for the Business Alliance.
Editors at the El Paso Times continue to work with GO 10 coordinators to create a citywide traffic map that we hope will be published on a regular basis to inform readers about current and upcoming road closures.
Thank you also goes to the El Paso Fire Department for inviting us to their board room to receive a GO 10 presentation. While this meeting is closed to the public, it demonstrates the commitment by GO 10 and by TxDOT to safety and preparedness.