The project is needed to increase capacity, improve traffic flow, and enhance safety on I-10 due to growth projections within the City of El Paso. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population within El Paso increased by 54.6 percent from 479,899 in 1980 to 742,062 in 2008, as compared to the national growth rate of 34.2 percent and a statewide growth rate of 71 percent over the same time period. Population projections taken from the Texas Water Development Board put the population of El Paso at 848,699 in the year 2040. (1)

 

This portion of I-10 was identified as a high priority corridor by the U.S. Congress, as part of the larger Camino Real Corridor. Rapid growth has occurred in recent years in the project vicinity, and traffic projections and land use patterns suggest that expansion will continue within the I-10 corridor. Reasonably foreseeable future development has been identified along I-10 near Resler Drive, Mesa Street, and Executive Center Boulevard. Taking into account existing demand and future growth and development, traffic projections within the proposed project limits indicate an average increase in average daily traffic (ADT) of 50.2 percent on the I-10 mainlanes and 38.1 percent on the frontage roads between the years 2015 and 2035(1).

 

(1) KBR Inc., Blanton & Associates Inc., Environmental Assessment, I-10 from SH 20 to Executive Center Boulevard, page 4, section 1.4 (June 2014)

 

TIMELINE

June 5, 2012 – Public Meeting

April 30, 2014 – Public Hearing

February 9 2015 – Project Groundbreaking

April 2015 – Start of Construction

September 2015 – Media Day Event & Launch of GO 10 identity

November 17, 2015GO 10 and Border West Expressway hold a joint press conference at TxDOT headquarters

November 18, 2015GO 10 gives presentation at Westside Community Collaborative

January 2016 – Coordination meetings with key stakeholders

February 10, 2016GO 10 Business Alliance Group Kicks Off

February 25, 2016 – Metropia Pioneer Program Launches

June 9, 2016GO 10 participates at I-10 Mesa Park Public Meeting

July 24, 2016 – Demolition of Paisano (US 85) Bridge

August 14, 2016 – Demolition of Buena Vista Bridge (aka The Bridge to Nowhere)

August 26, 2016 – Concrete paving of new westbound CD lanes begins

October 13, 2016 – Traffic Jam Initiative Kicks Off

March 10, 2017 – Demolition of I-10 East Overpass at North Mesa

March 23, 2017GO 10 Business Alliance (2nd Meeting)

April 2, 2017 – Underpass on-ramp to EB I-10 closes permanently

April 2, 2017 – EB traffic switch onto new CD Lanes near Sunland

August 13, 2017 – Temporary exit ramp replaces original westbound Sunland Park Exit Ramp.

See an illustrated timeline of construction milestones.

 

For more detail on the 2012 and 2014 public meeting and public hearing, go to the El Paso District I-10 Collector-Distributor Lanes page.