- Briefing Room
El Paso, Texas
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
The Border West Expressway project is located west of downtown El Paso, south of I-10 and extends approximately 7.4 miles from Racetrack Drive near Doniphan Road and New Mexico 273 East to US 54 east of downtown El Paso.
The project consists of:
The project will close the Loop 375 gap that currently exists along the border in the downtown El Paso area and create an alternate route to I-10, improving system reliability and regional mobility. Currently only I-10 provides continuous high-speed, east-west connectivity through El Paso. The existing Loop 375 and US 85 (Paisano Drive) have numerous signalized intersections and heavy pedestrian activity.
The project's design-build contract includes a comprehensive maintenance agreement with three 5-year terms, the first of which is mandatory. The project's developer must perform routine, preventative, and lifecycle maintenance of all assets, as well as incident management.
Total project cost - $639.5 million
Maintenance costs (estimated)
Texas Mobility Fund resources - $639.5 million (design-build costs, right-of-way; additional right-of-way from the City of El Paso)
|Project Delivery / Contract Method||
Design-build with maintenance contract
Other Private Partners
|Project Advisors / Consultants||
Advisors to TxDOT
|Duration / Status||
Design-build agreement executed August 2014.
Construction began March 2015.
Service commencement expected October 2017.
Final acceptance expected February 2018.
The project was originally envisioned to be federally funded, but the state has advanced construction with funds from the Texas Mobility Fund (TMF) due to availability. The TMF is a state revolving fund capitalized with pledged revenues from various motor vehicle and driver fees and other miscellaneous sources. The Texas Transportation Commission is authorized to sell bonds secured by a pledge against these funds. TMF funds are being used for the project's full cost.
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Robert Bielek, DPA, PE