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Drivers frustrated by Sunday road closures

By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- Road closures on Interstate 10 near Transmountain Road are lasting longer than TexDot originally told drivers.

According to TexDot officials, last Sunday was supposed to be the end to Sunday road closures, but that wasn't the case. This Sunday, I-10 was once again closed from the Talbot exit ramp to the Aircraft Overpass going eastbound, and from the Aircraft Overpass to the Transmountain entrance ramp going westbound.

One group of drivers highly affected by the closures are the people traveling to the Westside Sports Complex.

"We were about 10 minutes late this time because we had to go around," said Claudia Carrillo. 

Carrillo brings her daughter to the sports complex for soccer games every Sunday. On her way there this Sunday, she ran into orange cones, police cars blocking entrance to the freeway and men directing traffic.

"This is the second time that it's happened on a Sunday," said Carrillo.

TexDot said it's all for a construction project to eventually connect Interstate 10 to Loop 375.

"We are placing two concrete decks on the new overpasses so we want to make sure that our traveling public is completely safe," said TexDot spokesperson Blanca Del Valle.

It may be safe, but drivers said it's also very frustrating.

"We started to go on the freeway, but we saw that it was backed up all the way like to Kohls so we actually went down to Doniphan," said Carrillo.

It's a trek a lot of sports families are turning to.

"But we (still) get stuck at the stop sign anyways for a good, I don't know, 10-15 minutes," said driver Gaby Del Castillo.

Texdot officials warn drivers this inconvenience may continue next Sunday. It all depends on how much crews get done.

"Sometimes closures change, plans change," said Del Valle.

Since sports families said their kids have more games to play this month, they have their fingers crossed this part of construction will be over soon.

"It's a pain that you have to wait in ... so much traffic," said Carrillo.

TexDot officials said this construction project started last year and should be complete next summer.
 

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