Border West Expressway project underway

EL PASO, Texas - The Border West Expressway team will meet Thursday evening to discuss a project designed to ease traffic near and on the Westside.

The project will be located west of downtown El Paso and south of I-10. It will run about eight miles from Racetrack Drive to US 54.

It's all part of the process to ease congestion toward UTEP and downtown destinations. This will also improve access to international bridges and medical centers.

The project will be divided up to spread out construction. There are a total of four work areas and construction will begin in areas one and two which include the Coles/Paisano Interchange and Racetrack Drive to Spur 1966.

Locals said they hope it pays off in the future.

"I expect bigger ways of getting to different sides of town, easier, more accessible, things like that," said Alyssah Roth.

Sean Garcia of El Paso agreed.

"Hopefully there will be a lessening of traffic, I mean, traffic in El Paso is a huge problem. El Paso is a growing city and other cities have met this challenge in various ways adding different freeways."

The meeting will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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