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TXDoT looking at major changes for Mesa Street

Mesa Street

Some major changes may be coming to Mesa Street in west El Paso.

TXDoT is working on the Mesa Street Corridor Study, which involves about 9 miles of Mesa.

It stretches from Doniphan Drive to the Cesar Chavez Border Highway.

TXDoT told us safety is their No. 1 priority.

"What we're trying to do is to identify all of the needs over the next 20 to 25 years,” said Bob Bielek, district engineer for TXDoT.

He said the project would make the road safer and more pedestrian friendly.

"Mesa is the way to get around on the west side,” said west El Paso resident Marshall Carter Tripp.

The improvement plan includes a deck plaza near UTEP, giving pedestrians their own path above Mesa, dedicated turning lanes and creating a road to go under Mesa -– so drivers wouldn’t have to stop at every light.

"In the last six years, we've had nearly 3,000 accidents and 18 fatalities on Mesa Street,” said Bielek.

Through public meetings, TXDoT is hoping to gain some insight from folks who use the road daily.

"You've got to have safe, comfortable, reliable streets that you feel that you can go out and you're not in danger,” said Tripp.

She said she believes these projects will help the west side grow and create a safer environment.

"I wish they could do it faster than what they say they can do,” she said.

But, those orange barrels won’t be going up anytime soon.

"Most of the work that you see here, even in the short term, is going to be two to four years down the road,” said Bielek. “If you look at the spread of projects and the complexity of some of the projects, we're talking 10 to 20 years before it's finished."

There are two more public meetings this week.

There will be one at Morehead Middle School Wednesday night at 5 p.m. and one on Thursday at Coronado High School.

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