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Traffic update: TXDOT Road Project - North Mesa Street

Last Updated on April 12, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Originally published April 12, 2020

By UC Staff

UTEP Communications

Construction crews will begin work on a rehabilitation project for State Highway 20 (North Mesa Street) on Monday, April 13, 2020, with placement of signs along the work zone. The project consists of a full-depth (10-inch) repair of the stretch of roadway from Baltimore Drive/Glory Road to Sunland Park Drive.

Crews will conduct the work in estimated mile-long sections starting with the outside lane northbound from Baltimore Drive to Brentwood Avenue.

See the construction area at our interactive campus map. 

Traffic will not see impacts until Sunday, April 19, when North Mesa Street will be reduced to one lane northbound from Baltimore Drive to Brentwood Avenue, as crews proceed with placing barriers overnight. The continuous closure of the outside lane is expected to last approximately six weeks. Once complete, crews will close the inside lane for another estimated six weeks.

Drivers are advised to access this portion of North Mesa Street from adjacent roadways to minimize their time in the single travel lane, and to use Interstate 10 to avoid the area. There will be access to businesses for the duration of the project and major intersections will remain open during the day while work is in progress on corresponding construction phases. Median openings will be closed while crews are working on inside lanes.

North Mesa Street is often used as an alternate route when I-10 is closed or congested. Once completed the project will provide a smoother riding surface with enhanced striping and some drainage and curb improvements. Some businesses will also see new driveways.

While this roadwork will be disruptive, TxDOT is working to minimize the impact to both businesses and drivers, but with three lanes reduced to one, congestion is expected. Drivers are encouraged to budget extra travel time for the duration of the project and seek alternate routes.

The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2021.