EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — West El Paso commuters can expect another freeway closure this weekend - a day earlier than expected.
Interstate 10, from Sunland Park Drive to Executive Center Boulevard, will be completely closed from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday as El Paso Electric crews add and rewire transmission structures for the Texas Department of Transportation's Go-10 Project.
Paisano Drive will also be closed from Sunland Park Drive to Executive Center Boulevard, and Crockett Street will be closed from Sunland Park Drive to Paisano Drive.
Eastbound commuters can use Mesa Street and get back on I-10 on Executive Center Boulevard and use the eastbound ramp.
Westbound commuters can use Mesa Street and return to I-10 on the Sunland Park Drive westbound ramp.
The date change comes by the request of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.
"We simply wanted to make the State of Texas aware of a major event in Sunland Park that would have created a potential traffic nightmare for everyone involved and asked for their help in coordinating resources to minimize the impact on all drivers. In addition, we offered resources from the Department of Transportation and State Police to help with their efforts," said Chris Sanchez, spokesman for Gov. Martinez.
The Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Fiesta Del Sol event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
According to a letter from the Texas Department of Transportation to El Paso Electric, Martinez requested the closure be moved to Saturday.
TxDOT notes that the date change may make it difficult to get enough law enforcement personnel to direct traffic.
However, TxDOT says it would supplement law enforcement with its own personnel, if needed.
Bob Bielek with TXDOT said those attending the Fiesta Del Sol event can use Transmountain Road to Spur 16 and then Doniphan to Sunland Park. People living on the westside can access Doniphan via Spur 16, Artcraft or Redd roads. Mesa Street can also be used north of Sunland Park, Bielek said.
"Traffic will be directed to Mesa between Sunland Park and Executive center so traffic bound for Sunland Park should avoid that segment of Mesa as well as Executive Center and Sunland Park east of I-10," Bielek said.