List: City and County Papal Visit Closures
Pope Francis' historic visit to Juarez on February 17 will mean unprecedented security coverage that will spill over into our city prompting local officials to implement unparalleled measures to control crowds, traffic, and transit. Here is a list of closures you need to be aware of.
● Cesar Chavez Border Highway (Loop 375) will be closed to all traffic in both directions from U.S. 54 to Santa Fe Street for approximately a 24-hour period starting at 3 a.m. on Feb. 17 [Map]
● Cesar Chavez Border Highway (Loop 375) from U.S. 54 to Yarbrough will be closed to all traffic from 10 a.m. until the Pope departs the Mass location and his motorcade travels away from roadways adjacent to the El Paso-Juárez.
● Scenic drive will be closed to vehicular traffic on Feb. 17 from 12:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in order to accommodate local and national media.
● City streets in South-Central El Paso bounded by the Border Highway to the south, Campbell to the west, Paisano to the north and Coles/First to the east will have limited access to traffic starting at 3 a.m. Feb. 17. Access in the restricted area will be limited to residents and businesses. Once Pope Frances arrives at the Mass location in Juárez, no one will be allowed to leave or re-enter the restricted area until the pope departs the Mass. [Map]
● Campbell from Paisano to I-10 will be closed starting at 3 a.m. Feb. 17.
● Cotton from Paisano to I-10 will be closed starting at 3 a.m. Feb. 17.
● Delta from Paisano to Boone will be closed starting at 3 a.m. Feb. 17.
City and County:
● City Hall and city offices - City offices, including Municipal Court and all bond offices will be closed. The City of El Paso will operate under a modified work week. All administrative offices will be open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
● El Paso County Courthouse - Courthouse staff and all non-essential county staff will have the paid day off.
School Districts Cancelling Classes for the Day:
● Socorro - Students will not have to make up the school day
● Catholic Schools - Students will not have to make up the school day
● Ysleta - Students will not have to make up the day, but district employees will
● San Elizario - Students will not have to make up the day, but district employees will
● Canutillo - Elementary students will have 7 minutes added to the bell schedule from February 29 through June 8 to make up the lost instructional minutes. Instructional staff will work through June 13 instead of June 9.
● El Paso - Makeup day is President’s Day, February 15, however, students whose families have already made plans will be excused and will be able to make up work.
Colleges and Universities Cancelling Classes:
● UTEP - Class time will be made up on Dead Day, May 6
● EPCC - Students will not have to make up the class time
Sun Metro will operated on a normal schedule, however some routes will be detoured as a result of the planned road closures. Service delays should be expected for all routes serving the Downtown Transfer Center. [Details]
All international ports of entry in the region, including Paso Del Norte, Stanton Street, and Ysleta, will be open in both directions. Customs and Border Protection will reroute commercial traffic from the Bridge of the Americas to Ysleta. [More]