City Of El Paso Preps For Icy Weather While COVID-19 Sites Close
El Paso gets covered in snow overnight as the first winter storm of the year hits the borderland prompting street crews to prep roadways while COVID-19 testing, vaccine sites, and more close Thursday.
Before the snowfall, last night, The City of El Paso Street and Maintenance, Collections Crews, and Mass Transit began to prep in anticipation of the snowy and icy conditions.
By 9 p.m. Wednesday, rainfall had turned to slush, which then turned into snow, blanketing the entire city and its mountains into a white haze.
Street Maintenance Crews
In anticipation of the winter storm, the City of El Paso began to prepare since Monday to help alleviate icy roadway conditions.
- The plan also included working on winterizing buildings, park irrigation systems, and restrooms from potential water line breaks resulting from possible freezing temperatures.
- Crews also focused on "overpasses and bridges as well as roadways that lead from highways to hospitals and from fire stations to arterial/collector streets and highways."
- Motorists are encouraged to slow their roll Thursday morning mainly because of the treacherous driving conditions and are reminded to keep a safe distance from crews working on the streets.
Collections Crews / Environmental Services Department
- Trash and recyclables will be collected as scheduled on Thursday and Friday, February 3 and 4, 2022.
- If weather conditions worsen, the Environmental Services Department may only collect the gray bin.
- Winter conditions may delay collections.
- Residents are asked to leave their bins out on the curb until emptied.
- Sun Metro will run regular service on Thursday and Friday, February 3 and 4, 2022.
- Terminals are being salted to prevent ice from forming on pathways.
- Passengers may experience delays due to weather conditions.
- Streetcar service will be suspended on Thursday, February 3
- Streetcar services will resume from 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, February 4 and 5.
City of El Paso’s COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine Sites
COVID-19 testing and vaccine sites will be closed Thursday, February 3, but all ten (10) city sites will resume regular hours on Friday, February 4. The Office of Emergency Management will also open two (2) rural testing sites on Friday, February 4, in Fabens and Vinton.
CITY VACCINE SITES
Appointments at the City's COVID-19 Clinics, Convention Center, and Outlet Shoppes locations are required and can be made at epcovidvaccine.com/.
- El Paso Convention Center (1 Civic Center Plaza)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
- COVID-19 Clinics
All clinics are open from 8 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday
- 220 S. Stanton (corner of First and Stanton)
- 7380 Remcon
- 9566 Railroad
- Ysleta Clinic, 110 Candelaria St.
- The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso
- 7051 S. Desert Blvd. Suite F600 (near Adidas and Columbia Sportswear)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (now through February 26, 2022)
CITY TESTING SITES
Appointments are required at the City's COVID-19 Clinics and can be scheduled by clicking HERE. Specimens are collected curbside from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the following locations:
- 7380 Remcon
- 9566 Railroad
- 110 Candelaria St. (Ysleta Clinic)
Testing is available without an appointment from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Sunday at the following locations:
- UTEP, 3333 N. Mesa (Kern Drive)
- Nations Tobin Park, 8831 Railroad
- County Sports Park, 1780 N. Zaragoza
Testing is available without an appointment from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the following location:
- Don Haskins Recreation Center, 7400 High Ridge
RURAL TESTING SITES
- El Paso County Emergency Services District #2
16001 Socorro Road, Fabens, Texas 79838
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
- West Valley Fire Department
510 E. Vinton
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
For more information about the various COVID-19 vaccine and testing sites throughout the community, visit EPStrong.org.
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