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Community invited to check out designs for downtown project

City Council approved a funding agreement with TxDOT during Tuesday’s meeting and that’s on top of the $6.4 million that was approved last month.

The city has listened to all community input and it's inviting the public to come take a look at the final plans for the Paseo de Las Luces project on Wednesday. The project will light up South El Paso Street downtown; a street that the American Planning Association once named one the 10 great streets in America for its cultural significance.

Soon, festive string lights, vibrant tree lights and glittering archways will decorate the street from the Plaza Theater to the Paso Del Norte International bridge.

For some, the project is symbolic, serving as a link between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. The project will also include improved parking and stalls for food trucks and a sign that reads “Bienvenidos,” or “Welcome,” as visitors enter El Paso from Juarez.

In addition to adding energy to downtown and showcasing where American and Mexican cultures come face-to-face, the city wants to make the area a lot safer for pedestrians.

City Council approved a funding agreement with TxDOT during Tuesday’s meeting and that’s on top of the $6.4 million that was approved last month.

Part of the funding will come from Saturday parking meters and international toll fees.

For a look at all of the project’s final plans, there will be a community meeting on Wednesday in the lobby of the Mills building on N. Oregon St. It will take place from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Construction on the project is expected to begin this month.

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