57-hour closure on I-10 unavoidable holiday, graduation weekend

Several closures are expected on I-10 at Sunland Park Credit: KFOX14 / CBS4

Not only are El Pasoans celebrating mom this weekend, a lot of people will be making their way to the Don Haskins Center to celebrate University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and El Paso Community College graduates.

Even UTEP has released a spring commencement plan for their guests.

KFOX14 contacted Texas Department of Transportation to ask why the 57-hour closure was taking place this weekend.

Jennifer Wright, spokesperson for TxDOT responded, “If not this weekend, when? There's never going to be a good time for everyone.”

Wright said TXDOT is on a critical path and if they lose a weekend, they will lose a week.

She also said a lot of planning goes into the closures and TXDOT does look at city events happening while closures are set to take place.

In this case, they planned according to when equipment and materials would be available.

Wright said they had to impose on this holiday and celebration weekend to get done before Sunland area shops really start to pick up traffic.

“We are trying to complete this project by Black Friday so that we can get out of the Sunland Park area and be substantially finished with this job by the end of the year,” said Wright.

Wright said this is especially important because of the 30% of profits retail stores make during the holiday.

The work being done for this second 57-hour closure is on the old Sunland Park flyover ramp.

TxDOT will take down old steel from the flyover pass complete the demolition of the ramp.

TxDOT needs this to happen so that they can move onto working on the lanes underneath the overpass.

How to avoid it:

I-10 in both directions will close between the Sunland Park exit and entrance ramps.

Southbound is also closing between Mesa Hills Drive and Paisano Drive along with the Sunland Park overpass.

Drivers are being asked to avoid the area altogether if possible.

Wright said drivers should take Doniphan, Paisano and Mesa, and for some cases even consider going through Transmountain.

If you will be making your way to the westside from eastside and you need to get onto Mesa Street, your best bet is to use the Mesa or downtown exits.

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