The Future of El Paso's Highways

El Paso's Highway Exapansion Project by TXDOT

Smart sustainable transportation that supports local and regional residents. 

We all benefit when it's easy to walk, bike, roll, and take public transit in El Paso. 

Widening the highway in downtown El Paso is a bad plan for local and regional residents and it's just an easy way for TXDOT to push bad policy for our City. There are numerous options to reduce highway congestion, such as using the highways around the city for through traffic such as 18-wheelers and those traveling through the city and not to the city. Cramming more cars, more pollution, more noise, encroaching upon the historical district and residential communities, and destroying homes, businesses, and apartment buildings for an access road is not the right solution for our city. Every city in Texas has unique needs and widening a highway is not the solution for El Paso. 

VIDEO - How Highways Make Traffic Worse

Problems with Highway expansion in Texas:

Bad transportation policy can harm a city:

Possible Alternatives & Solutions to Highways & Congestion:

Reimagine I-10 Highway Expansion Proposal & Study by TXDOT

Links to TXDOT Sites:

Reimagine I-10 - El Paso, TX 

Reimagine I-10 Project by TXDOT - Texas Department of Transportation

TxDOT is conducting an advanced planning study for the I-10 corridor from the New Mexico State Line south to FM 3380 (Aguilera International Highway). The purpose of the study is to analyze and evaluate the current and future transportation needs for the I-10 El Paso corridor. This study is being called “Reimagine I-10” to emphasize the need to reimagine how the corridor operates today and develop unique solutions for the El Paso area. Reimagine I-10 Link

With five U.S. and Mexico ports of entry in the study limits and with the use of I-10 as a major east/west freight corridor, the importance of this corridor is far-reaching. Furthermore, El Paso is experiencing significant growth and development, but because of its unique geographical location El Paso is limited to any alternative routing options, which ultimately puts more demand on to I-10.

The Reimagine I-10 feasibility study consists of three layers of study for improvement: operational, corridor-wide and technological. Within each layer, solutions such as ramp consolidation, additional capacity and truck platooning will be considered. 

Study Limits

The study area spans 55 miles, from the border of Texas and New Mexico to Tornillo. It includes more than 200 bridge structures.

For study purposes, the corridor has been segmented into four areas to identify unique issues specific to each segment:

  • Northern Gateway
  • Downtown El Paso
  • Airport
  • Southern Gateway
  • Study Schedule

The project is currently in the alternative evaluation and development phase of project development and this includes:

  • Alternative design development
  • Environmental constraints evaluation
  • Traffic and operational analysis
  • Identification of technology applications
  • Implementation planning
  • Continued stakeholder outreach

Additional Information

Additional information and study progress can be found at Reimagine I-10.

Study Outreach and Participation

Throughout the study, TxDOT offers various opportunities for the public to get involved, including stakeholder workshops, event kiosks and open house meetings. Your involvement and input are critical to the project's development. The comments you provide are essential to TxDOT and will help identify the ways the project could potentially impact you, your community and the environment. 

Contact TxDOT:

TxDOT El Paso District
13301 Gateway Blvd. West
El Paso, Tx 79928-5410
(915) 790-4200

Why do we need Smart Sustainable Transportation in El Paso? 

El Paso needs to think about transportation today and what we need over the next 50+ years as we shift, grow, and change. We need:

  1. Sustainable transportation
  2. Transportation access for all
  3. Sustainable Low/No Carbon
  4. Electrified Transportation
  5. Quiet Transportation
  6. Reduce Climate Change
  7. City / County/ Individual Level
  8. Re-route unnecessary traffic, noise, and pollution around the city to improve the quality of life of local residents

 

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