Police said despite extra officers, traffic jam during I-10 closure was inevitable

    Drivers exiting on Executive Center Blvd. during major I-10 closure.

    Many drivers on the road in west El Paso this past weekend encountered a traffic mess due to Interstate 10 being closed. Police said despite the extra police officers out on Saturday, the congestion was inevitable.

    I-10 was closed Saturday from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. as El Paso Electric crews worked to add and rewire transmission structures for the Texas Department of Transportation's Go-10 Project.

    The closure was originally scheduled for Sunday but was moved at the request of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. Martinez requested the change because of the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino's Fiesta del Sol event.

    Police said the traffic congestion kept the phones at headquarters ringing nonstop.

    For the closure, 35 officers were assigned to two shifts between 3 a.m. and 3 p.m., police said.

    But police said regardless of the number of officers out this weekend, people were going to encounter a traffic backup if driving in the area.

    People who live near Mesa Street were unhappy with the traffic mess.

    "Saturday was crazy. Cars were backed up bumper to bumper as far back as I could see, and as forward I could see," Austa Morris said.

    Morris said the last-minute change to the closure seems to have caught people by surprise.

    Carl Morris thinks more needs to be done to alleviate the traffic during major road closures like Saturday's.

    "Somebody did not have their ducks in a row. To have traffic like that, especially on a weekend," Morris said.

    Learn more about what role the El Paso Police Department plays during road closure Monday night on KFOX14 News at Nine.

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