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I-10 to bring back lighted arches, add stars.

Updated: Tuesday, December 10 2013, 01:15 PM MST

By: Chrisdyann Uribe

EL PASO, Texas--Interstate 10 will be getting a celestial makeover. Drivers will soon see stars lighting up the freeway around the Spaghetti Bowl.

Stars have been placed on the columns under the overpasses. They are similar to the star on the mountain.

This is part of an $8.2 million aesthetic project to recreate I-10.

Many El Pasoans are excited about the new look.

“I’m always for making the city look nicer because we are at the border and it is the first city coming into the state of Texas, so I think we should have something to show for it,” said Marco Chavira.

The light arches along I-10 before downtown also will be making a comeback. They were first placed in 1997 but were turned off due to many maintenance issues. Now they will be stronger than ever.

"What we did was clean the arches, and then we painted them.  We are now placing LED lighting," said Blanca Del Valle, the public information officer for Texas Department of Transportation.

The LED lights are expected to last longer, be more durable, and save more energy.

TXDOT has already begun testing the lights, giving drivers a sneak peek at what the lights will look like.

"It looks really nice and it's really good. It makes it a bit more interesting. It gives it a little bit more light to the city,” said John Casares.

Right now TXDOT has been testing the lights but at the end of December the lights will stay on 24/7.

I-10 to bring back lighted arches, add stars.


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