Eastlake Blvd. causes safety problems for nearby residents

Updated: Monday, August 25 2014, 10:37 AM MDT
Eastlake Blvd. causes safety problems for nearby residents  story image
By: Chrisdyann Uribe

EL PASO, Texas - Homeowners whose backyards face Eastlake Boulevard said traffic and crashes have become a problem, especially since some crashes have hit their back walls and damaged their homes.

"We hear the screeching of tires, and semitrucks going by and it's like, 'Argh is it going to hit?' It's scary every day," said Eva Valles.

Daily noises like the sound of traffic has become terrifying for residents like Valles, who has previously had a car smash into her back wall, which damaged parts of her house.

"We've had already two accidents, myself and another neighbor. I had one that actually took out my whole back wall," said Valles.

She said Eastlake Boulevard is too dangerous since there are no guardrails to protect vehicles from slamming into her back wall in the event of an accident. It doesn't help that there is a curve and drivers often speed in the area.

KFOX14 requested a report with the amount of accidents that have occurred on Eastlake Boulevard between Rojas Drive and Emerald Pass, which is the residential area.

In 2012- there were 45 accidents; in 2013 there were 59 accidents and so far this year- there have been 34 accidents.

Valles said it is affecting her and her kid's daily lives.
"I can't really allow them to play out there because I don't know if someone is going to turn and hit my wall and they're out there playing outside," Valles said.

KFOX14 asked County Commissioner Vince Perez what he plans to do to keep people living in the area feel safe.

"These are the type of traffic issues that we are going to experience but hopefully with the complete redesign of Eastlake and the expansion of Eastlake and additional safety measures hopefully we can mitigate some of these problems in the future," Perez said.

As KFOX14 previously reported, Eastlake Boulevard will widen from four lanes to six lanes and when the project happens, they will include extra safety measures.

"There will be a barrier here for this neighborhood and possibly other neighborhoods in other problem-identified areas," Perez said.
This is something that sits well with area-residents.

"It makes me feel a lot safer. Maybe I'll start letting the kids go out a little more," said Valles.

The Eastlake Boulevard project is expected to begin in 2015, according to the Camino Real Regional Authority.




Eastlake Blvd. causes safety problems for nearby residents
comments powered by Disqus

El Paso Times Headlines

Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom hopping into theme parks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For his next trick, Shigeru Miyamoto is working in reality, not virtual reality.

Hundreds attend 1st funeral for church shooting victims

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Police officers stood guard and checked bags as hundreds of people filed into a church Thursday for the first funeral for victims of the massacre at a historic black church.

Artspace El Paso complex breaks ground Downtown
Wednesday's groundbreaking of the Downtown Artspace El Paso Lofts that will provide affordable housing to artists and their families, was not without a splash of creativity.
UTEP Miners' Vince Hunter hoping to hear his name called in draft
Vince Hunter broke into an easy laugh and said, "I probably won't watch much of the draft." Hunter, the former UTEP basketball standout, will spend this special evening with family and friends at home in Detroit.
House completes Obama's trade items as Pacific pact looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Congress completed President Barack Obama's trade package Thursday, overwhelmingly passing a worker training program just weeks after it was stymied.

Univision dropping Miss USA pageant over Trump comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Univision is dropping the Miss USA pageant and says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump over comments he made about Mexican immigrants.

El Paso Electric, five other utilities to pay $1.5M fine for Four Corners Power Plant problems
El Paso Electric and five other electric companies must pay a $1.5 million fine, and about $160 million in pollution-control upgrades will be required on the Four Corners Power Plant in New Mexico as part of a proposed federal settlement announced Wednesday.
Family of journalist held in Syria heralds new ransom policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The parents of a Houston journalist taken hostage in Syria in 2012 have applauded President Barack Obama's decision to not prosecute families for paying ransoms to kidnappers.

Guard arrested for aiding convicts faces arraignment

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A maximum-security prison guard accused of delivering frozen meat with tools hidden inside to two inmates before they escaped will be arraigned Thursday on charges of promoting prison contraband and other offenses.

Chihuahua mayor: City is ready for El Paso's business
Chihuahua Mayor Javier Alfonso Garfio on Wednesday told a group of El Paso business leaders that the city of Chihuahua is ready for them to visit and invest in.
Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

El Paso woman accused of smuggling meth to Juárez
In a twist on border drug smuggling, an El Paso woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly smuggling crystal methamphetamine into Juárez, officials said.
YISD board says no to giving leftover food to students instead of donating it
A proposal to give leftover food to students instead of donating it to area nonprofit organizations failed during the Ysleta Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.
EPISD to get electronic visitor system at schools
All El Paso Independent Schools District schools will soon be equipped with an electronic system to determine whether or not visitors are registered sex offenders.
Ysleta ISD adopts $419.7M budget with salary increases for employees
Ysleta Independent School District trustees adopted a $419.7M all funds budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
advertisement
KFOX14 El Paso - Links Mentioned Get the latest web resources mentioned on KFOX14 News!
advertisement