Construction to improve Eastlake Boulevard planned
Updated: Tuesday, February 11 2014, 10:18 PM MST
By: Stacey Welsh
EL PASO COUNTY, Texas -- Eastlake Boulevard has been marked with cracks and potholes for years, and people who drive between El Paso and Horizon City every day said they are tired of dealing with those road conditions in rush hour traffic.
Jose Chavez said he works in Horizon City and is looking forward to the improvements.
"It's kind of congested in the mornings. If they do open it up to be a full three lanes on each side, it's going alleviate a lot of the congestion," Chavez said.
El Paso County Public Works and Horizon City have plans for a $15 million project to improve the road surface and add a lane in each direction to Eastlake between Interstate 10 and Darrington Road. The project would make the road six lanes total in that range.
"We're anticipating anywhere from 8,000 to 12,000 housing units to come in, which is a lot of traffic. The existing road has been there for more than 20 years. It's in dire need of repair," El Paso County Public Works Director Ernesto Carrizal said.
Carrizal said the county's Transportation Reinvestment Zone is expected to help fund the project. Carrizal said that means the county puts a cap on how much revenue from property taxes it can collect, and when property taxes increase, it uses the new funds to go toward transportation.
"In this time of limited funding, it's just another creative way we can fund infrastructure that we wouldn't be able to fund otherwise," Horizon City Mayor Walter Miller said.
Construction could start on the Eastlake project within a year.