Residents in northeast El Paso will have to deal with some headaches this weekend because Dyer will be closed in both directions this weekend for the demolition of a pedestrian bridge. The City of El Paso is working on building part of the Sun Metro Brio Rapid Transit System in the northeast and that work will begin along Dyer at Ellerthorpe this Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m. and will last through 5 a.m. Monday, March 12.

That means that this weekend, both lanes of travel on Dyer will be closed between Julian Ave. and Ellerthorpe Ave. There will be detours in place, but you should definitely expect delays in the area and begin to think about your alternate routes now.

The pedestrian bridge is on federal land and is being taken down at the request of Fort Bliss officials in order to allow the Sun Metro project to proceed on federal land. The existing bridge also does not meet ADA design criteria. A new signal crosswalk will be installed as will a safety zone in the median of Dyer, a new bus stop and shelter, improved sidewalks, new landscape and lighting.

The project will go along almost 12 miles of Dyer and connect the future Northgate Transit Center to the Downtown Transit Center. If you ride Sun Metro, stops on Dyer and Ellerthorpe and Dyer at Julian will be out of service for Route 35. Bus passengers should use temporary bus stops at Dyer near Conzelman and Kemp, and on Dyer near Titanic and Hercules.