Far East El Paso will see an improvement with the opening of Pebble Hills all thanks to the City of El Paso’s Capital Improvement Project.

Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists driving through Far East El Paso will be able to get where they’re going safe and faster with the thoroughfare street connection of the Pebble Hills Boulevard extension, which stretches from Tierra Mina Drive to Zaragoza Road. The new extension will open at noon on Friday, July 15, 2016.

Construction began in November 2015, it has reached substantial completion. The public should expect some lane closures for about a month. The lane closures are necessary to finish the project’s punch list items, which are minor modifications needed to ensure that the work meets contract specifications.

This $2.5 million project filling in this missing link on Pebble Hills creates a continuous east-west thoroughfare running from John Hayes Street to Yarbrough Drive. It will also give motorists an option to access Loop 375 while avoiding the intersection of Zaragoza and Montwood.

The project also includes the installation of a new storm sewer system, sanitary and sewer lines, new striping for bicycle lanes, upgraded traffic signals at Zaragoza Road, as well as a new landscaping and ADA compliant sidewalks with illumination.

Another addition is brand new to the El Paso area is the addition of green paint inside the eastbound bike lane on Pebble Hills Boulevard at the intersection of Zaragoza Road. The addition of this paint will help clearly identify the area that is designated solely for bikes at the intersection, which will help create a safe environment for automobiles and bicycles to interact. The addition of this green paint will also be used in the near future for the "bike boxes" which will be installed as part of the Resler Boulevard Hike and Bike project.

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