If your daily commute takes you through the stretch of North Mesa from the UTEP Special Events Center to Sunland Park Drive, gird your loins.

Texas Department of Transportation crews have begun work on the N. Mesa rehabilitation project that will impact west side traffic through -- are you ready for this? -- summer 2021.

The project, TxDOT officials say, consists of a “full-depth repair” of the roughly 5-mile length of roadway from Baltimore/Glory Road to Sunland Park Drive. Rehabilitation of the pavement is necessary because it really took a beating under the weight of freeway-level traffic for the past four years while serving as an alternate route while GO10 was under construction.

Work will start on the outside lane northbound from Baltimore to Brentwood. It will begin slowly with placement of signs along the work zone, and then starting Sunday, April 19, you'll really start to feel the impact when North Mesa will be reduced to one lane northbound from Baltimore to Brentwood, as crews start placing barriers overnight.

The continuous closure of the outside lane is expected to last approximately six weeks. When they finish that, the inside lane will get shutdown for another six weeks or so. Then it's lather, rinse, repeat in mile-long sections until they get to Sunland Park Drive.

It won't be pretty -- until it’s finished. Then it'll look as nice as I-10 between Executive and Mesa does now, and ride smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy.

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