Changes coming to east El Paso construction project

Updated: Wednesday, September 25 2013, 05:57 AM MDT
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By: Stacey Welsh

EL PASO, Texas -- People living in neighborhoods near Montwood Drive said they are tired of dealing with a major construction project in the area. The Montwood Street and Drainage Improvement Project began earlier this year, and is scheduled to be completed by early 2015.

"You have to leave early because a lot of people can't even get out and get on Montwood, so they try to go these other routes and bypass the streets all the way around here. So, I think they could manage it a lot better than they have," east El Paso resident Wes Linder said.

In the next few weeks, El Paso public affairs coordinator for the engineering and construction management department Martin Bartlett said traffic currently traveling on the north side of the street will move to the completed south side of the street on Montwood.

"We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the neighborhood for being patient with us and understanding that this is a project that's going to take a long time. We've said from the get-go that this is a project that is going to take about two years," Bartlett said.

Despite recent heavy rain, Bartlett said the project is on track and is completely reconstructing the street, sidewalks and sewers in the area. It stretches from McRae Boulevard to Yarbrough Drive on Montwood.
"It's an issue of this is a very complex project. This is not just laying down a layer of asphalt on the street. This has been a total reconstruction of many blocks of this very heavily traveled street," Bartlett said.

A manager at ANW Motors in the area said the business has not seen a decrease in customers so far, but will have to wait and see when construction changes to the south side of the street.

"It's slowed down traffic one way. I imagine people are still going to be looking at the other side. We've seen the way the construction has been, and there haven't been any big mounds of dirt, so I think they'll still be able to see us with the construction," ANW manager Michael Johns said.

Bartlett also said contractors and sub-contractors are working on the project, not city employees. There are currently about 20 people working on-site, but the city expects that to double in the next few weeks.

Changes coming to east El Paso construction project
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