Drivers face road blocks on commute through Sunland Park Drive.

Updated: Tuesday, February 18 2014, 09:09 AM MST
Drivers face road blocks on commute through Sunland Park Drive. story image

By: Chrisdyann Uribe

EL PASO, Texas—The morning commute for west El Pasoans may be difficult as construction proceeds on Sunland Park Drive.

Drivers told KFOX14 Sunland Park Drive is congested from traffic that is detoured there from the Country Club Road closure.

Construction on the road began early February as New Mexico Department of Transportation crews work to repave the streets in that area.  

Drivers are not looking forward to the lane closures, especially since they will last until April.

“There’s always traffic every day all day long, so by closing those lanes, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be very congested with a lot of traffic,” said Jose Ortiz, a service driver for Roto Rooter.

He said it’s difficult getting to a customer’s home.

“It’s bad, you know? There’s a lot of detours. You have to go around sometimes, it’s a hassle, especially for us -- we do service calls. We have to find a way to get to customers’ homes.”

One driver said the surrounding streets are getting congested.

“All the construction is going to mess everybody up. If they know one way, everybody is going to go that way or they’re still going to come through Sunland Park Drive. It’s just going to be hectic,” said Indira Bocanedra, a west El Paso driver.

Sunland Park Police Department offers advice to anyone that may commute through the area.

“Take your time; plan accordingly. That way you won’t get a ticket. Tickets are expensive and you won’t get in a crash because those are even worse,” said Jaime Reyes, spokesman for the police department.

SPPD said they will be out patrolling in full force at construction zones, and they suggested obeying traffic signs and laws as they double in said zones.

For morning traffic reports, watch the area’s only traffic reporter on the KFOX14 Morning news weekdays from 5 a.m.to 8 p.m. or by following @KFOXTraffic on Twitter.

Drivers face road blocks on commute through Sunland Park Drive.
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