Eastlake Blvd. causes safety problems for nearby residents

Updated: Monday, August 25 2014, 10:37 AM MDT
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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
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