El Paso, TX (KDBC) — The first phase of the Spur 1966 project on Schuster Ave. is nearly complete. Schuster between Sun Bowl Dr. and Prospect was closed in May and will reopen Monday, just in time for the first day of classes at UTEP.
The project is funded by the Texas Department of Transportation, but UTEP will see the benefits.
"Once the project is complete, there'll be a direct line, particularly for the students coming from the eastside to access our campus without ever going on I-10," said Catie McCorry-Andalis, Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Associate Dean of Students at UTEP.
A new roundabout will also open along Schuster on Monday.
It's elevated, people will be passing above on the roundabout but our students and our commuters can pass under it. There's a huge wide pathway. People will be able to walk under and have access right into our campus without ever going across this road," said McCorry-Andalis.
For those pedestrians who will have to walk across Schuster, new HAWK crossing lights will make it a lot safer.
"Once you push it, the actual signal will start flashing yellow and that alerts vehicles that it’s going to come on and then it goes to a solid yellow and then it goes to a red. The red indication means stop. That's when the pedestrian signal turns on for the walk phase and allows you to begin walking."
The HAWK lights are the first and only in El Paso.
Phase II of the Spur 1966 is next. It will include a sky bridge over I-10 that will directly connect Paisano and Schuster.