Roads closed for El Paso Streetcar testing

Picture of the restoration of El Paso’s streetcars (Credit: City of El Paso)

Crews began testing streetcars Monday night and into Tuesday morning, causing a temporary road closure and bringing El Paso one step closer to the completion of the streetcar project.

Officials said there is a possibility that closure will repeat itself Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.

Testing began at 11 p.m. Monday evening and wrapped up just after 5 a.m.. Tuesday, causing S. Kansas Road in downtown El Paso to be closed from Paisano Drive to Father Rahm Road. Third and Fourth avenues also closed to Kansas.

"It’s such a struggle to be going through all this construction and all this traffic, but at the end we’re going to have such a beautiful outcome," said Sabrina Kirby of West El Paso.

The streetcar vehicles are the same vehicles that ran on El Paso streets until 1974.

Once operational, they’ll connect the international bridges, retail areas, and ballpark with Las Palmas, UTEP, and El Paso Community College.

If the closure repeats itself, S. Kansas Road will close at 11 p.m. Tuesday and reopen at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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