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Country Club Road to be completely closed for months
By: Joshua Zuber
EL PASO, Texas
The City of El Paso's Engineering and Construction Management Department said Monday that starting next Monday, Nov. 18, Country Club Road will be closed in both directions thanks to unforeseen utility work.
A city spokesperson said the closure is necessary because of the discovery of buried telephone lines and related infrastructure that AT&T did not previously identify.
"In this instance, there were some utilities which weren't marked and so we discovered those as we were actually doing this construction," Martin Bartlett, with El Paso's Engineering Department, said.
That means as of next Monday, until March 2014, drivers will no longer be able to take Country Club Road westbound from Doniphan Drive to Love Road.
Lisa Tate, who lives in Santa Teresa, said she has already been dealing with how to get around construction on the road.
"It's horrible. I live off of Westside Drive. So as opposed to taking a five-minute jaunt, I have to go all the way to Art Craft to Doniphan. It's increased my drive time by about 15 to 20 minutes every day," Tate said.
The $15.6 million project is scheduled to end in winter 2015.
It promises to add turning lanes, a roundabout at Memory Lane and improved utility lines underneath.
A release by the city read: "City staff will provide updated information on lane closures, detours, construction schedules, and project phasing at a community meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at Isaron Hall, located at 1071 Country Club Road.
A spokesperson for AT&T sent this statement about the project to KFOX 14:
In the City of El Pasos Country Club Road project, AT&T previously provided all requested and required information detailing the location of the AT&T lines in the affected area. This was a situation that no one could have foreseen," Charles Bassett said in an emailed statement.
We are working together to discuss any new developments and address any additional concerns as the project continues."