If you’re selling a blind horse, the first thing you tell the
mark prospective buyer is how good that horse can see.
And that’s exactly what the City did here: [http://www.elpasotexas.gov/omb/city-budget => FY19 Budget Book] on page 478 of the FY 2019 budget. (It’s page 498 in the .pdf.)
Our City Fathers want to put a roundabout on the end of South El Paso Street, right where you’re coming off the bridge.
You know, you come through Customs, and you can turn right, onto Sixth Street, toward the El Paso Los Angeles Limousine Express passenger terminal, or you can go straight down South El Paso Street. That’s where they’re putting a roundabout. Right there by the payphones and taxi stand and shoe store.
Why would they want to do it?
“Coming off the Paso Del Norte International Bridge, the proposed roundabout at El Paso Street and 6th Street will provide greater flow of traffic on this busy intersection.”
Look at the pages I lifted from the Budget:
Currently when you come out of that intersection, you have two lanes on El Paso Street. With the “new and improved” roundabout, you have one lane exiting to South El Paso Street, with an obstacle in the middle and a completely unnecessary peninsula choking off access to El Paso Street.
So restricting access to South El Paso Street from two lanes to one “will provide greater flow of traffic on this busy intersection.”
That intersection is messy now. But it works. Cars trickle out of the border security apparatus in steady drips, and go straight or turn right at five miles an hour. Whoever designed that roundabout was trying to create a bottleneck to choke traffic down onto South El Paso.
What’s that all about?
Why do they want to throttle traffic on South El Paso Street? We just dropped some serious coin to make El Paso Street look like a used car lot at a midnight sale, with that Paseo de Las Luces project. We’re paying Customs and Border Protection for extra staffing at the bridge. Why do we want to throttle traffic at that choke point?
Those people at the City are either incompetent or liars or incompetent liars.