CONSTRUCTION PHOTO GALLERY
Since December 10th, motorists on Sunland Park Drive have had access to six lanes across the middle overpass (two lanes in each direction as well as a dedicated left-turn lane in each direction). When the overpass is in its final design, there will be a total of eight lanes available to traffic (four in each direction, including dedicated left-turn lanes).
Prior to December 10, motorists were driving on the side turnaround bridge where only three lanes were open. Motorists were driving on the turnaround bridge for approximately seven months.
On Dec. 17, traffic lanes on North Mesa Street (SH 20) were re-configured into the planned Phase 3 traffic lane patterns. Phase 3 is expected to stay in place for two or three months while crews to finish upgrading the last section of pavement on North Mesa. GO 10 coordinators keep in contact with area business managers on a regular basis to keep them informed of the construction activities.
These are before and after aerial images of key areas within the GO 10 construction zone. The target date is Dec. 1, 2018 for GO 10 crews to achieve significant completion of structures. Those structures include the bridges and ramps at the I-10/Sunland Park interchange and at the I-10/Mesa interchange.
The following pictures were captured on Sunday, April 29, 2018. On this day, a 27-hour closure was in effect, restricting traffic from accessing Sunland Park Drive and all four Sunland Park ramps. The closure was necessary so crews could open the all-new Sunland Park flyover ramp and install a traffic pattern shift at the Sunland Park overpass.
On Feb. 25, 2018, GO 10 demolished the I-10 Westbound overpass at North Mesa Street (SH 20). Crews also spent the day moving barrier walls and re-striping lanes on I-10 West.
GO 10 expects to make substantial progress on structures at I-10 and Sunland Park in 2018. That means drivers can expect to see some high profile closures at the I-10/ Sunland Park interchange throughout 2018.
Jan. 15, 2018 was the first day of demolition of a 300-foot section of Paisano Drive (US 85). Watch as a piece of concrete rail falls off the edge.
For three consecutive Sundays in 2017 – Oct. 29, Nov. 5, and Nov. 12 – GO 10 crews closed I-10 in one direction or the other for 27-hour periods. The first two 27-hour periods were necessary to allow crews to demolish and remove the old Resler Flyover Ramp. The third 27-hour period was necessary so crews could pour bridge deck onto the new I-10 Eastbound overpass at North Mesa Street. These images show the work that took place on Oct. 29.
On Nov. 5, demolition of the Resler ramp resumed, but on the remaining spans over I-10 East.
Crews started jackhammering at 3 am on Oct. 29. By 12:30 pm, the jackhammer’s work was done. You can see more video at https://www.periscope.tv/go10ep/.
On April 20, 2017, TxDOT El Paso District held a Work Zone Safety Event featuring the GO 10 project. One of the exhibits on display at the event included the Dragnet safety system, a cable net used by GO 10 crews when they need to close lanes on I-10. The system can stop a semi-truck moving at 65 miles per hour. The event, which took place alongside I-10 near Sunland Park, emphasized the importance of driver attentiveness and patience when driving through work zones.
March 12, 2017 Demo Day
On Sunday, March 12, 2017, within a 27-hour period, GO 10 crews demolished the I-10 East Overpass at North Mesa Street and shifted I-10 East traffic lanes onto the newly built I-10 median. The March 12th operation kicked off the second of three phases that will result in the complete replacement of the entire I-10 Overpass at North Mesa.
March 22, 2017
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2016
The following pictures were taken in August and September of 2016. The images show the construction of several important bridges along I-10 near North Mesa (Exit 11) and near Sunland Park (Exit 13).
Aug. 14, 2016 demolition of the Buena Vista Bridge
The following pictures were taken in the second half of July where I-10 and US 85 meet (near Sunland Park). These supermen work in 100-plus heat; they work next to hot tar, hot pavement and hot machinery; they work days, nights and Sundays; and alongside fast moving traffic, including 80,000-pound semi-trucks. Give them a “brake.” Please slow down. Drive patiently, courteously, and undistracted.
The following images were taken Dec. 7, 2015. Work continues to take place behind the concrete barrier between Sunland Park and Executive Center. Much of the work involves earthwork, drainage, bridge widening and electrical components needed for illumination, traffic cameras and dynamic message boards.
GO 10 workers were successful in erecting one of several high mast LED illumination poles on Dec. 1st in the Executive Center area.