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Major traffic switch planned for Sunland Park interchange, overpass

Major traffic switch planned for Sunland Park interchange and overpass

TxDOT is warning drivers about a major change at the intersection and overpass of Sunland Park Drive and Interstate 10.

Crews will be working on an interchange reconfiguration as part of the GO10 project.

The Sunland Park overpass will be shutdown during this change on April 30 and is expected to last up to five months.

TxDOT said the bridge closure is necessary so crews can safely demolish and replace the Sunland Park Drive overpass.

Rosio Acosta opened her hair salon six months ago near the Sunland Park area. She said she didn't know traffic nearby would be so busy.

"There is a lot of traffic especially on this area of Sunland Park," said Acosta.

Acosta said it's already difficult to attract customers to her business with the current traffic, and with the upcoming closure, it will only make it worse.

"People already seem to get lost in traffic when coming to my business. I can only imagine what this closure will do," said Acosta.

Mary Reyes is a driver near the area. She said she understands the construction is needed but she hopes construction crews can complete it without any more delays in the future.

"I know it's going to be fantastic once it's finish but meanwhile it's a big sacrifice," said Reyes.

The new overpass will be taller and have additional lanes, its new support columns will be shifted to allows the new collector-distributor (CD) lanes to run through the area; which are meant to help traffic merge on to the interstate smoother to avoid congestion and will run alongside I-10’s main lanes.

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Throughout this closure traffic will be detoured onto the newly constructed turnaround bridge parallel to the closed overpass.

Traffic will be reduced to three lanes, two lanes northbound and one southbound. TXDOT said to help southbound drivers, the new Sunland Park flyover will be open as well as the dedicated right turn lane to I-10 West.

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