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TXDOT website taking people's input to make I-10 better

People can go to www.reimaginei10.com, drop a pin where there’s a problem and then tell TXDOT exactly what the problem is.

There has been frustration over issues with Interstate 10 in El Paso and now people can have those concerns heard by people who can fix it.

Wednesday was the last of four Reimagine I-10 meetings where El Pasoans got the opportunity to tell the Texas Department of Transportation about everything they want fixed on the freeway.

TXDOT officials said they are listening to every comment and suggestion.

“There's a lot of potholes, the roadway is coming apart, merging is very difficult, the backups that we get," said Bob Bielek, district engineer for TXDOT.

People can go to www.reimaginei10.com, drop a pin where there’s a problem and then tell TXDOT exactly what the problem is.

Everyone’s suggestions are public so to others can see.

“To date, we have over 100 comments on the map,” Bielek said. “We absolutely are going to use this input. What we have is a situation where the output of this study is going to give us somewhere between $1.5 and $3 billion worth of improvements. It's probably the last time in anyone in here's lifetime to fix some of these issues on I-10. So we don't want to leave anything on the table."

And even though Bielek said TXDOT can’t fix everything, they will try and do their best to keep a balance.

For those hoping that construction projects will disappear, Bielek said that will not be the case.

"Unfortunately, they're going to see orange barrels probably for the rest of their lifetime. What's going to happen as we complete these projects, it will get slightly better each time," Bielek said.

TXDOT crews will look at ways to prioritize the work to minimize impact on drivers.

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