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Changes to Sunland Park on I-10 force drivers to slow down more in work zone

New changes on I-10 in west El Paso are forcing drivers to slow down as they navigate through a new change near Sunland Park.

New changes on I-10 in west El Paso are forcing drivers to slow down as they navigate through a new change near Sunland Park. It's a shift that could take some getting used to and a reminder for commuters to take it slow in the GO10 work zone, and keep an eye out for those message boards and warning signs.

Crews kicked off construction for the GO10 project in Spring of 2015, It's a major lift for the stretch of interstate between Executive Center Boulevard and North Mesa Street, which includes new ramps, overpasses, connections and collector distributor lanes meant to help traffic flow in the very busy corridor on the Westside.

These new type of lanes are considered high speed auxiliary lanes, which will allow drivers to better navigate near I-10 without merging onto highway traffic instead traveling more smoothly between exits or entering the interstate at certain interchanges. The lanes are meant to help decrease congestion. While traffic is shifted onto these lanes throughout the project, they will not function like they're meant to until the project is complete. An example of a shift on to new lanes is near North Mesa Drive where traffic was shifted this spring as the old overpass was demolished.

A portion of Sunland Park Drive westbound was shifted to new lanes and the Sunland Park Drive exit was shut down and a temporary exit was created to allow crews to work on the new off ramps from I-10 and Paisano U.S. 85. The new temporary exit is about 500 feet past the original and is down to one lane. During rush hours and daytime closures, traffic back-up could end up on the interstate. Drivers should be cautious and prepare for more changes like this until the GO10 project is complete sometime in 2019.

Drivers can expect the following closures next week.

I-10 & Sunland

Five Nights Sunday, August 6 through Thursday, August 10 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

• I-10 in both directions closes completely at the Sunland Park Dr. Exits (Exit 13).

• The Sunland Park Dr. overpass at I-10 closes.

• The Sunland Park Dr. entrance ramp to I-10 West closes.

Detours

• I-10 Westbound traffic will exit at Sunland Park Dr. (Exit 13) and go to North Mesa St. (SH 20); then, take North Mesa St. to the I-10 interchange where traffic may re-enter I-10 West.

• I-10 Eastbound traffic will exit at Sunland Park Dr. (Exit 13) and re-enter I-10 East at the next entrance ramp. Follow the detour signs in place. Sunland Park Dr. Detours: • Northbound vehicles on Sunland Park Dr. (coming from Doniphan Dr.) will turn right on Paisano Dr. and enter I-10 East. Vehicles will exit at Executive Center Blvd. (Exit 16), then take Executive Center Blvd. to North Mesa St. (SH 20). Finally, vehicles will take North Mesa St. (SH 20) to Sunland Park Dr. • Southbound vehicles on Sunland Park Dr. (coming from Mesa Hills Dr.) will be re-directed back to North Mesa St. and follow the detour signs to enter I-10 East or I-10 West. These closures are needed as crews continue to build the new Sunland Park Dr. Flyover Ramp.

I-10 & North Mesa St.

Five Days Monday, August 7 through Friday, August 11 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily • The North Mesa St. exit ramp (Exit 11) from I-10 East closes.

• South Desert Blvd. will be closed between Thorn Ave. and North Mesa St. (SH 20).

Detour: I-10 Eastbound traffic may exit at Redd Rd. (Exit 9) and take Doniphan Dr. to North Mesa St. (SH 20).

These closures are needed as crews set bridge deck panels.

Five Days

Monday, August 7 through Friday, August 11

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

• The right lane on North Mesa St. (SH 20, eastbound) – heading toward Remcon Circle – will close between Osborne Dr. and the I-10 West exit ramp.

These closures are needed as crews work on bridge columns and ITS

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