Intersection, roadway to open near Fort Bliss


EL PASO — A new intersection and a section of a developing roadway meant to ease the flow of traffic in East El Paso near Fort Bliss will open Friday afternoon, Texas Department of Transportation officials said.
The intersection connects traffic between Global Reach Drive and the Purple Heart Memorial Highway — or Loop 375 — and is part of the state’s Spur 601 project, which will eventually yield a 7.4-mile, elevated roadway that carries traffic through parts of the East Side and Northeast El Paso.
The opening will follow a 1:30 p.m. news conference announcing the completion of the intersection.
Road construction on the Purple Heart Memorial Highway, or Loop 375, between Railroad Drive and Montana Avenue, will continue to limit eastbound and westbound traffic to one lane each and lower the speed limit to 45 mph.
Motorists this week will also have to contend with several other road improvement projects in East El Paso.
There will be alternating northbound and southbound lane closings of Horizon Boulevard between Doy Street and Thea Smith Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday for a TxDOT road pavement project.
Another state project will result in alternating northbound and southbound lane closures of Horizon Boulevard at its overpass with Interstate 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until further notice.
A $3.5 million city project to replace curbs and gutters and build new drainage structures continues to cause lane closures of McRae Boulevard north of Montana Avenue and some of Carnegie Avenue.
The project is expected to finish on June 16 and will yield sidewalks and ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Michael D. Hernandez may be reached at; 546-6151.