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Connection from Doniphan to Paisano reopens this weekend after eight-month closure

Drivers desperate to find alternate routes in west El Paso are relieved to know a major roadway will open back up this weekend.

Beginning Sunday at noon., drivers will be able to use the Doniphan and Paisano connection, which was closed for eight months.

Alexis Rincon, who commutes regularly in west El Paso, said Doniphan has been a nightmare.

“Right now traffic is really serious, causing a lot of drama,” Rincon said. “What I’m seeing is a lot of people frustrated trying to get to their places.”

The closure on Paisano was part of the Borderwest Expressway project.

Those who usually took that as an alternate route when I-10 was congested faced frustration during the closure.

But that will soon change. Beginning Monday, Doniphan and Paisano will connect to a new road. That road will take drivers from Canutillo to downtown El Paso.

And that’s great news for drivers like Marvin Reynolds.

“That is pretty cool. Especially since you have to take Mesa most of the time. It gets a little congested at the downtown area. That’s going to be outstanding,” Reynolds said.

Paisano will remain one lane in both directions.

The Texas Department of Transportation said the road may have to be closed on occasion in the future for more construction, but it will only be on weekends during nighttime.

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