When it’s completed, the I-10 Connect Project will change the way many of us get to Juárez. While the project still has many months to go, some permanent changes will go into effect next week.
Beginning at 6am on Wednesday, May 27, crews will begin demolishing parts of the I-110/US 62 (Paisano Drive) interchange immediately north of the Bridge of the Americas. No left turns and no thru traffic will be permitted at any of the traffic lights on the mid-level of the interchange. Eventually, right turns will be eliminated or reconfigured, too. Stevens Street between the Franklin Canal and Interstate 110 will close permanently at this time as well.
During the week of May 27, crews will implement pedestrian detours, too. Pedestrians will be able to travel north and south as usual via the mid-level of the interchange. However, they will not be able to travel east and west at that location. To accommodate east-west pedestrian traffic, augmented safety measures included pedestrian fencing, speed bumps to slow motorists and a temporary crosswalk immediately north of the Bridge of the Americas will be put in place.
All traffic leaving the Bridge of the Americas will be temporarily required to turn right on US 62 (Paisano Drive) during the demolition work. Traffic on eastbound and westbound US 62 and southbound I-110 will not be impacted at this time.
When the project is completed, all motorized traffic will access the Bridge of the Americas via Interstate 110 — the short freeway spur connecting US 54 to the bridge. This will alleviate congestion on Paisano near the Chamizal National Memorial and the El Paso Zoo. Motorists are encouraged to begin adjusting to that eventual configuration now by following the marked “Juárez, México” detours which take traffic via the Pershing Drive Turnaround to US 54 to I-110.