Friday, May 29, 2020
Construction of the main lanes is nearly complete and the contractor should have the roadway opened to the public by the end of summer as originally scheduled. Roadwork along Pellicano Drive for the installation of the wastewater line will be completed in the next month. However, the traffic control will remain in place as the same contractor is working on the Pellicano Widening Project which has begun work (see previous post here).
All lanes are open along Eastlake Boulevard from I-10 to Darrington Road. The only remaining work is along the shoulders and the median. Due to the implementation of worker safety protocols in line with the Judge’s Disaster Declaration, including limiting shift work for these ongoing projects, the project’s opening date has been shifted to mid-June. All concrete and asphalt shoulder work (sidewalks and shared-use paths) will be completed in the next week and landscaping continues to be installed.
The contractor for the Pellicano Widening project will begin major utility work this week by installing a water main along the newly proposed lane capacity. The coordination with El Paso Water has ensured that the County minimizes cuts to our roadways in the future and allowed EP Water to install necessary infrastructure and upgrades at a lower cost due to economy of scale savings. The first phases of the Pellicano project will have minimal impact on existing traffic patterns as much of the construction will occur on the northern side of the right-of-way which is currently dirt (there will be no lane closures). Traffic may slow as the speed limit will be dropped to 30MPH which is a typical safety strategy implemented in work zones where traffic immediately abuts ongoing construction. Planning & Development staff will coordinate with the Sheriff’s Office to provide the necessary support and enforcement of the work zone speed limit to ensure motorists are abiding by the safety measure.