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Drivers can expect minimal closures, detours this week after I-10 shutdown

Eastbound traffic was switched to the median of the I-10 Overpass after demolition of the Mesa Overpass. The switch will stay in place for at least four months and drivers are asked to approach the new and temporary overpass with caution.

The GO 10 project is taking shape as crews build new columns and ramps and demolish old parts of I-10 in west El Paso that need to be completely rebuilt.

Crews worked under a tight 27-hour deadline over the weekend from 3 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and shut down I-10 east at Redd Road, along with northbound and southbound Mesa near the interstate.

Traffic was detoured and rerouted around the closure. Although it did cause some traffic backups and delays, I-10 and Mesa were reopened ahead of schedule.

The closure was necessary to demolish the Mesa overpass concrete bridge, restripe eastbound I-10 lanes and demolish the existing eastbound I-10 structure to shift traffic onto the new median of the I-10 overpass now that the eastbound I-10 bridge structure is gone.

Drivers are asked to exercise caution in approaching the new configuration and to prepare for minimal closures and detours this week.

The GO 10 project is expected to be complete in 2019.

Here is a schedule of expected work and closures:

I-10 and Mesa

Monday through Friday

There are continuous closures in place at the following locations:

• The right turn-only lane on eastbound North Mesa Street (SH 20) is closed between Osborne Drive and South Desert Boulevard.

• The right through lane on eastbound North Mesa Street (SH 20) will close between Osborne Drive and South Desert Boulevard, but only when necessary and only between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Note: Access to businesses will remain open as crews install underground utilities.

9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily through Thursday

• The Sunland Park flyover entrance ramp to eastbound I-10 will close.

Crews are conducting prep work for the eventual removal of the ramps.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday

• The two-lane Sunland exit ramp (westbound Exit 13) will be reduced to one lane.

The closure is necessary to give crews access to the work site.

I-10 West

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday

• One lane will be closed on westbound I-10 between the Buena Vista area and the Sunland Park overpass.

Crews will be drilling column shafts into the ground between eastbound and westbound traffic lanes. The new columns will support the new Sunland flyover entrance ramp to I-10 East.

For updates on closures follow at KFOXTraffic on twitter.

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