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More headaches will soon be coming for drivers in the UTEP area

By: Chrisdyann Uribe

EL PASO, Texas -- After months of battling construction at the University of Texas at El Paso, students will have to add more to their load and find another way to get on Interstate 10 eastbound.

Starting Nov. 30, the on ramp at Schuster Avenue will close for 12 weekends straight, and many students are frustrated with the closures.

Im pretty irritated. Its going to make driving a lot harder, said Vincent Rando, a student at UTEP.

I think its too much, waiting 12 weeks is a lot, especially how traffic is now. It will take me about 45 minutes to get to the east side, said Daisy Perez, a UTEP miner.

Drivers will have to start detouring the weekend after Thanksgiving because that is when it will start closing during Saturdays at 6 a.m. through Sundays at 9 p.m. Construction crews will be working to put up four columns for the new Spur 1966 overpass.

One student found the silver lining between all of the waiting time.

If it helps out in the end, I dont see a problem with it. Sometimes you have to see a bad thing to make a good thing, said Gloria Miranda, a student at UTEP.

The ramp will remain open during the week. The Spur 1966 project will connect Paisano Drive and Schuster Avenue over I-10, which the Texas Department of Transportation is hoping will reduce congestion on campus. It is expected to be completed in fall of 2014.  

 

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