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El Paso road closures throw a wrench into drivers’ Sunday plans

Several Go 10 closures and others on U.S. 54 North caused a headache for drivers Sunday.

Several Go 10 closures and others on U.S. 54 North caused a headache for drivers Sunday.

There was stop and go traffic through most of west and northeast El Paso.

“I wish we had a better way to detour the traffic, but when you’re on the west side its either Mesa or the freeway, and both are bad,” said west El Paso driver Amelia Ugarte.

I-10 East on Redd Road was closed as part of the Go 10 project.

Three lanes on 1-10 East from Executive Boulevard to Schuster Street were closed as part of the Border West Expressway project.

“I didn't use I-10 at all. But I saw it on Redd and I saw it -- yeah it doesn't make sense to drive there at all,” said northeast El Paso driver Michael Aman.

Over on the northeast side of town, drivers experienced similar traffic woes.

U.S. 54 North was closed from Hondo Pass to Diana Street for TxDOT’s widening and illumination project.

“I take Transmountain, but yesterday I had to take U.S. 54 and they narrowed the lanes down to two, and it was pretty difficult with the traffic,” Ugarte said.

The amount of closures and detours caused drivers to rethink their routes.

“They should really coordinate more on what's going on, because they really can't avoid construction. It’s a big freeway, and it needs to be built. But they got to coordinate more when they close (and) when they open,” said west El Paso driver Alberto Mercado.

Drivers like Michael Aman looked for side streets to avoid the closures altogether.

“Resler's a good way to avoid Mesa and I-10 and Doniphan and all that,” he said.

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