EL PASO, Texas (KFOX) — EL PASO, Texas – A fast-growing area in far east El Paso is getting a new road connector that will help alleviate traffic and cut emergency response times.
The Mission Ridge community is home to thousands of people. Construction along Mission Ridge Boulevard began a few years ago, to provide quicker access to main roads for those living in that area.
Phase II of the project begins Tuesday. The new road will connect Pellicano Drive to Paseo Del Este Boulevard through Mission Ridge Boulevard. It’s the first north and south connection east of Loop 375.
When the connector road is complete, drivers will no longer have to rely on Eastlake Boulevard or Mission Ridge to get to Loop 375.
The new road will not only ease traffic congestion, but it will also cut response times in half for firefighters at the new Mission Ridge Fire Station.
Once completed, there will be over 20,000 homes, 700 apartments and about 300 acres of commercial space in the area.
The six-lane roadway will take about 10 months to complete, according to county leaders.
It’s a $4.8 million project funded by El Paso County through the Vehicle Registration Fee. It’s a project managed by the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority and general engineering consultant Atkins Global.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new roadway will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Mission Ridge Boulevard and Knightsbridge Drive.