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County building up infrastructure in Far East El Paso

El Paso County is working on building up the infrastructure in Far East El Paso.

As more people move into Far East El Paso, the county is working to address an increase in traffic.

But, some of the solutions will take years to come to fruition.

Over the next 20 years, El Paso County is spending more than $120 million in building up the infrastructure in Far East El Paso.

Commissioner Vince Perez said it is to help alleviate the traffic in the area caused by growing pains.

"But, the county has worked really diligently to build these critical roads, which we identified as critical arterials to help move traffic, you know, as efficiently as possible,” he said.

Some folks who live in the area say the county could do more.

"Its just too many people in a small area, it's very congested,” said Far East El Paso resident Rafael Barraza.

And others say they can see the finish line ahead.

"There have been some improvements that have helped significantly to reduce traffic,” said Far East El Paso resident Carlos Alvarez.

Perez said there are several critical areas in Far East El Paso causing a lot of delays and where folks are using alternate routes -- such as private road known as Jobe Road.

"Whether that is enough to deter people from still taking these private roadways, it’s difficult to say,” he said.

There are several projects in the works over the next 20 years.

"All of these roads are being done to address just the large amount of growth that we're experiencing in the area,” said Perez.

A few that’ll be done relatively soon are a nearly $2.5 million project to connect Greg Road and Edgemere Boulevard, which is expected to open up in August.

Vista del Sol Drive will be extended from Loop 75 to Cherrington Drive.

There’s an $18 million project to expand Pellicano Drive to a six-lane roadway from Loop 375 to Berryville Street.

Folks told KFOX14 the growth is evident, but hope the projects will help, once completed.

"I think the problem is that there's a lot of homes in this community and these roads aren't big enough to handle the population in this area,” said Barraza.

Some of the projects are being paid for by federal funds, including an extension of Pellicano Drive.

The final phase is scheduled to start in 2037.

While others are part of the county’s comprehensive mobility plan that was approved in 2013.

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