The I-10 Connect Project is at the convergence of US 54 and I-10 in El Paso County. The project extends from I-10 to Loop 375 (César Chávez Border Highway) and provides access to the Bridge of the Americas (BOTA) Port of Entry. Currently, only the westbound Loop 375 to westbound I-10 traffic movement has direct access between I-10 and Loop 375. The three other connections from I-10 to Loop 375 require commuters and commercial trucks to divert from the freeway and use local roadways. The existing configuration on I-110 leading to the Port of Entry experiences excessive congestion during peak periods of the day, resulting in spillbacks to US 54 and the I-10 connector ramps. This project may require the acquisition of additional right of way.
Providing more direct access not only will enhance the overall mobility of the roadway network but will encourage those commuters and commercial truckers to use the freeway facilities.
The proposed I-10 Connect Project improvements are being developed to accommodate anticipated traffic demand in the proposed design year of 2042.
A public meeting is scheduled for Jan. 31, 2017 to provide the public an update on the project status, including proposed improvements, which consist of constructing direct connectors, ramps and/or auxilary lanes and widening existing ramps and direct connectors between I-10, I-110, US 54 and Loop 375 (Cesar Chavez Border Highway). The proposed improvements are needed to improve mobility and address congestion on the existing roadway network. The meeting will be conducted in an open house format. Project staff will be available to answer questions.
The project is currently in the environmental process in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); the design team of TxDOT, HDR Inc., and Blanton & Associates Inc. is developing and evaluating alternatives, including the “No-Build” alternative. A Project Workgroup (PWG) has been established consisting of local and community leaders who will provide input, address new ideas and help identify project objectives.
During the development of project alternatives, the I-10 Connect Project will evaluate environmental constraints in the study area, including areas such as:
Public feedback on this project is important in the design process, and several opportunities will be available to provide this feedback. Written comments from the public regarding this project are encouraged. Comments may be submitted at the public meeting, by email to HDR Inc. or mailed to the following address by Feb. 10, 2017 at 5 p.m. (MST).
Blanton & Associates Inc.
Attn: I-10 Connect
5 Lakeway Centre Court, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78734
July 7, 2016, Public Meeting
Jan. 21, 2016, Public Meeting
TxDOT El Paso District
13301 Gateway Blvd. West
El Paso, TX 79928-5410