Welcome to the Loop 375 at I-10 (Americas Interchange) Project Webpage from the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA)! From this site, you will be able to learn all about this important project for the region, including who is building it, how much it costs, where the funding comes from and much more. If your question is not answered here, please let us know and we’ll provide an answer – just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will also find a monthly project newsletter here that will provide additional information as the project progresses. If you’d like to receive the newsletter by email each month, send us a request to email@example.com.
Please let us know what other information you’d like for us to add and thanks for your interest in the Americas Interchange Project and the CRRMA!
The scope for this phase of the Loop 375 at I-10 (Americas Interchange) Project includes the design and construction of three direct connectors (DCs) and related improvements for the Loop 375 (Joe Battle) and I-10 interchange:
Eastbound I-10 to northbound Loop 375;
Southbound Loop 375 to westbound I-10; and
Northbound Loop 375 to westbound I-10.
A rendering of the interchange upon completion of these three DCs is on this page, titled “Current 3 DC Phase” Ultimately, the Americas Interchange will be a four level, fully directional interchange similar to the existing I-10 and US 54 interchange known locally as the Spaghetti Bowl. A rendering of what the eventual interchange will look like with all eight proposed DCs is also found on this page titled “Ultimate Design” However, as the total funds necessary for the completion of the ultimate design are not available now, the completion of the Americas Interchange is being pursued in phases.
The first phase consisted of the extension of the Loop 375 main lanes from North Loop Road to Bob Hope Drive, which was opened in 2005. This first phase included the completion of the existing bridge over I-10 with all of its aesthetic improvements that serves as a welcoming site to the traveling public entering El Paso. The second phase is the 3 DC project described within this webpage that is being pursued by the CRRMA. The next phase will likely consist of the addition of one more DC (westbound I-10 to northbound Loop 375). The region has been working to bring funding for this additional DC through a combination of funding sources. Initial plans for this next phase call for the CRRMA to provide the design work for the new DC, while the Texas Department of Transportation would be charged with completing the construction.
The completion of the original 4 DCs is identified as Project #6 in the 2008 Comprehensive Mobility Plan (2008 CMP), a list of approximately $1 billion worth of projects being pursued by the 2008 CMP Partners: the City of El Paso, Texas Department of Transportation, El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization and the CRRMA. Unfortunately, the available project funds were not sufficient to cover the requested 4 DCs, so the current phase of the project was reduced to 3DCs and related infrastructure improvements. See the Projects Page of the CRRMA’s website (www.crrma.org) for additional information on the projects being pursued within the 2008 CMP.
The Notice to Proceed for this current phase was issued by the CRRMA on August 31, 2010. Per the agreement between the CRRMA and the selected design-build team, the Project will be substantially complete within 861 days from the Notice to Proceed – January of 2013. However, the project partners are working to complete the project in advance of this deadline. The completion of this phase of the interchange per contract is illustrated in the timeline graphic found on this page, which is current as of October 2011.
The Americas Interchange Project Partners primarily include the CRRMA, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Americas Gateway Builders (AGB). The CRRMA is developing this project, which upon completion will become part of TxDOT’s highway system. The Americas Interchange Project is being pursued by the CRRMA through a design-build Comprehensive Development Agreement, which allows for the selection of a contractor that is responsible for both the design and construction elements of a project. The Request for Qualifications for a developer was issued in mid 2009. Three interested firms were shortlisted. The Request for Detailed Proposals was issued in late 2009 for the three interested firms. Proposals were received on February 11, 2010, each of which exceeded total available project funding. Accordingly, a request for a Best and Final Offer was issued on March 18, 2010, with bids being submitted on April 13, 2010. The Americas Gateway Builders (AGB) was selected by the CRRMA Board as the Best Value Proposer on April 15, 2010. The final Design-Build Comprehensive Development Agreement was signed and the Notice to Proceed was issued by the CRRMA to AGB on August 31, 2010.
Originally, this current phase of the interchange included only two direct connectors (DCs). However, as the Project Partners began structuring the 2 DC project, the El Paso region leveraged their allotment of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding (commonly referred to as stimulus funds), which permitted for the increase in project scope. The El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization and the El Paso District of TxDOT allocated their entire ARRA funds for the increase in scope to the project. The total funding that became available for this phase is approximately $146 million:
$96 million – ARRA Funding;
$30 million – State Infrastructure Bank Loan;*
$15 million – Coordinated Border Infrastructure Funds; and
$5 million – Pass-Through Toll Agreement with TxDOT.
* Repayment Source – Revenue from the City of El Paso’s Transportation Reinvestment Zone No. 2
As noted, the region is working together for the design and construction of an additional direct connector for this interchange (westbound I-10 to northbound LP375). This additional work is estimated at $23 million, which is currently being proposed as follows:
$8.7 million – Proposition 12 (V2) Bond Funding – El Paso MPO
$3.8 million – Proposition 12 (V2) Bond Funding – TxDOT
$2.0 million – Coordinated Border Infrastructure Funds
$1.5 million – Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Funds
$7.0 million – CRRMA Funds Available from Current 3 DC Phase
Below, you will find various project photos illustrating the progress of the project. We’ll be posting photos periodically, so check back often!!!
In this tab, you will find the current detour maps for the areas that are in use.
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As discussed in this project webpage, the Americas Interchange Project is being developed as a design-build project. So, once the developer is issued a notice to proceed, the developer is authorized to begin all elements of the project. Major construction work began in July of 2011. In an effort to provide the public with updated information on the progress of the construction aspects of the project, the CRRMA has been developing a monthly project newsletter, which began in August of 2011. All project newsletters can be found here. Should you be interested in receiving future newsletters via email, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also feel free to send us a question you may have about the project via email@example.com. We intend to answer frequently asked project questions each month in the newsletters. Please also let us know of any additional information that you’d like to see in future issues of the newsletter.
The primary Project Partners for the Americas Interchange Project include the CRRMA, TxDOT-El Paso and AGB. Should you have any questions about the project, contact information for each is provided below. The CRRMA staff is always available to provide presentations to community groups and civic organizations.
Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority
300 N. Campbell, 2nd Floor
El Paso, Texas 79901
Americas Interchange Project Offices
12905 Gateway Boulevard West
El Paso, Texas 79928
Texas Department of Transportation
El Paso District Office
13301 Gateway Boulevard West
El Paso, Texas 79928
Americas Gateway Builders
12905 Gateway Boulevard West
El Paso, Texas 79928
El Paso, Texas 79917
The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas created in 2007 by act of the El Paso City Council. Its governing board consists of seven appointed members: the Chair is appointed by the Governor of Texas, while the remaining six members are appointed by the El Paso City Council.
The CRRMA is charged with the development of transportation projects in the El Paso region. The enabling legislation of regional mobility authorities (RMAs) allows the CRRMA to study, evaluate, design, finance, acquire, construct, maintain, repair and operate projects that could include all forms of transportation and mobility projects. Such projects could include, but are not limited to: highways, rail facilities, parking facilities, certain roadways, ferries and airports, pedestrian and bicycle paths, intermodal hubs, international crossings and mass transit systems. RMAs can also enter into agreements with another governmental entity, an agency of the United States, a state of the United States, the United Mexican States, or a state of the United Mexican States. There are currently eight RMAs in the State of Texas.
For additional information about the CRRMA, please visit the History tab from the CRRMA website homepage
(www.crrma.org) or contact the organization directly: (915) 541-4986. The CRRMA staff is always available to provide presentations to community groups and civic organizations.