Reimagine I-10 Corridor Study

TxDOT conducted an advanced planning study for the I-10 corridor from the New Mexico State Line south to FM 3380 (Aguilera International Highway). The purpose of the study is to analyze and evaluate the current and future transportation needs for the I-10 El Paso corridor. This study called “Reimagine I-10” emphasized the need to reimagine how the corridor operates today and develop unique solutions for the El Paso area.

The result of the Reimagine I-10 Corridor Study was the identification of the need for improvements in the corridor, including potential operational improvements, the proposed implementation of a corridor-wide Adaptive Lane strategy, and the identification of technology opportunities to prepare for the future.

The El Paso I-10 corridor – the backbone of El Paso – is an important part of the interstate and national highway system, as well as the economy nationally and internationally.

  • The El Paso area has seen a 162% increase in export growth since 2010*
  • 32% of all vehicle miles traveled in El Paso are on I-10 in El Paso**
  • Initial traffic forecasts identified that by 2042, more than 300,000 vehicles are projected to drive on I-10 in daily commutes***
  • By the year 2045, more than 4,300 trucks are projected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border daily at one of the five local ports of entry

*Texas-Mexico Border Transportation Master Plan 2020
**Destino 2045
***Reimagine I-10 Corridor Study

Study Area

Study Map

Study Overview

 

Study Goals and Objectives

Goals and objectives for the Corridor Study were developed by collaboration with TxDOT, stakeholders, and the public. Feedback received regarding priorities in each segment of the study were used in developing the overall project goals as well as were used in the evaluation of alternatives.

Mobility & Circulation

Facilitate movement through and within the corridor.

Design

Comply with accepted design standards to provide a safer facility with desirable ride quality.

Environmental

Design to minimize Environmental Impacts to the Human and Natural Environment.

Multimodal

Offer innovative transportation alternatives.

Value

Ensure that improvements are sustainable and balanced with respect to costs and benefits.

Technology

Leverage advancing technologies to address corridor issues.

Corridor Study Information

The I-10 corridor between downtown and US 54 is most congested corridor in El Paso County (86th most congested roadway in Texas, and 75th most congested in terms of truck delay). Traffic analysis concluded that if improvements are not implemented on I-10, delays and user costs will significantly increase over the next 20 years. As congestion on I-10 worsens, it will likely spread onto arterials and local streets as drivers seek alternative routes. Even though TXDOT has maintained the pavement’s integrity, the I-10 corridor is aging and costly. While I-10 corridor only makes up 9% of the centerline miles in the district, it required nearly 27% of the non-contracted maintenance budget in 2019.

I-10 Fact Sheet

Reimagine Fact Sheet

I-10 White Paper

Reimagine Whitepaper

Summary of Outreach Efforts

Summary of Outreach Efforts

Goals & Objectives

Goals & Objectives

Study Roadmap

Study Roadmap

Alternatives

Alternatives

Alternatives Comparison

Alternatives Comparison

Learn More & Get Involved

Learn More & Get Involved

Traffic Analysis

The Reimagine I-10 Corridor study included traffic analysis to determine how the existing I-10 corridor operates in addition to studying how future traffic volumes would be impacted if nothing is done to improve the system. With the anticipated growth of both population and employment, additional analysis was conducted to locate where growth is anticipated to occur and the increase of congestion on I-10 because of travelers commuting to and from their residences.

Level of Service

Level of Service (2042)

 

Segments 2 & 3 - Existing (2017)

 

Segments 2 & 3 - No Build (2042)

 

Segments 2 & 3 - Build (2042)

Innovative Interchanges and Intersection Improvements

As part of the Reimagine I-10 Corridor Study, innovative interchange concepts were developed in place of conventional intersections to reduce delay, increase efficiency and provide safer travel for all road users.

Continuous Flow Intersection

Continuous Flow Intersection Concept

Single Point Urban Interchange

Single Point Urban Interchange Concept

Diverging Diamond Interchange

Diverging Diamond Interchange Concept

 

Continuous Flow Interchange Concept Video

 

Single Point Urban Interchange Concept Video

 

Diverging Diamond Interchange Concept Video

Segment 1

Segment 1

Segment 2

Segment 2

Segment 3

Segment 3

Segment 4

Segment 4

Downtown

Throughout the Reimagine I-10 Corridor Study, the project team met with local government and agency leaders, businesses, community members, as well as the public to receive input on needs for the downtown area.

Many unique transportation-related opportunities exist within the downtown segment of the Reimagine I-10 Corridor Study and would need to be developed in coordination with local area businesses to develop partnerships.

Bike/Pedestrian Recommendations

Bike/Pedestrian Recommendations

Transit

Transit Concept

Downtown

Downtown Concept

 

Segments 2 & 3 - Build

Adaptive Lanes/Technology

Adaptive lanes build flexibility into the Reimagine I-10 Corridor by allowing for a variety of potential future uses. Adaptive lane users would be removed from mainlane congestion and would have a more reliable trip (in terms of travel time) through the corridor.

Adaptive Lanes
Adaptive Lanes Concept
Technology - Benefits
Technology - Benefits
Technology - Truck Parking Systems
Technology - Truck Parking Systems Concept

Economic Analysis

The El Paso I-10 corridor – the backbone of El Paso – is an important part of the interstate and national highway system, as well as the economy nationally and internationally. As the region continues to grow, the El Paso region is expected to experience continued growth in revenue generation and travel demands.

Economics Fact Sheet

Economic Fact Sheet (created Spring 2020)

Public Involvement

Throughout the development of the Reimagine I-10 Corridor Study, TxDOT and the study team conducted several rounds of outreach efforts, including work group meetings, in-person and virtual public meetings, one-on-one meetings, and community engagement efforts. TxDOT plans to continue robust engagement with current and future projects that arise from the Corridor Study to continue to build the best solutions for El Paso.

Next Steps

Now that the Reimagine I-10 Corridor Study has been completed, each segment will go into a preliminary engineering (schematic) and environmental process as TxDOT prioritizes projects across the El Paso region. Two segment areas were determined to be of high priority, the highest being the downtown El Paso area. Visit the Segment 2 – Downtown 10 page for more information.

Next Steps

Corridor Study Contacts

Hugo Hernandez
Project Manager
Texas Department of Transportation
13301 Gateway Bouvelard West
El Paso, TX 79928-5410
Hugo.Hernandez@txdot.gov
(915) 790-4243

Brian Swindell, P.E.
Senior Project Manager
HDR
17111 Preston Road; Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75248
Brian.Swindell@hdrinc.com
(972) 960-4400

Contact

Project Manager

Hugo Hernandez
Project Manager

Hugo.Hernandez@txdot.gov
(915) 790-4243

Texas Department of Transportation
13301 Gateway Bouvelard West
El Paso, TX 79928-5410
www.txdot.gov

El Paso District Public Information Office

Jennifer Wright
Lauren Macias-Cervantes

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