El Paso, Texas — EL PASO, Texas – All the highway construction detours are taking a toll on a major El Paso road.
Mesa Street is considered a primary road that drivers take when it comes to construction detours in West El Paso when there are highway closures.
The Texas Department of Transportation said while some of the highway closures might be annoying, it actually helps preserve the road on Mesa Street.
Sometimes highway traffic on Mesa Street is unavoidable, and TxDOT said that type of traffic can take a toll on Mesa Street.
“It’s not designed to have a high level of service with freeway traffic volumes,” said Jennifer Wright, a spokesperson for TxDOT.
TxDOT said the heavy traffic with semi-trucks is shortening Mesa Street’s life expectancy.
But one of the reasons why TXDOT hasn’t had to work on Mesa Street damage is because of all the emergency highway closures.
“We’ll go in there and do a spalling repair,” Wright said. “It’s where we cut a square of damaged freeway out and then replace it.”
Right now, some areas of I-10 have three lanes. One of those lanes is actually the shoulder, and it’s not meant for heavy traffic.
But if TxDOT only used two lanes, more traffic would end up on Mesa Street, causing more damage. TxDOT said while the emergency closure can be frustrating for drivers, it’s actually helping preserve Mesa Street, but allowing drivers to keep using the highways.
TxDOT said it’s constantly monitoring if there’s any damage on Mesa Street from all the heavy traffic. But it said it is currently doing a study on Mesa to improve the roads and traffic once all of its projects are complete