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Traffic Alert: Stormwater project will affect River Bend Drive commuters
River Bend Drive to be closed between West Sunset and Turnstone

News Release
Contact: Christina Montoya
915-594-5596 (office), e-mail:

Date: March 25, 2016

EL PASO, Texas El Paso, Texas River Bend Drive will be closed to all traffic between Turnstone Drive and West Sunset Road for approximately two weeks beginning Monday, March 28, while El Paso Water Utilities completes a stormwater project. Crews are replacing three storm drain pipes, each 6-feet in diameter, that collapsed under River Bend Drive at the White Spur Drain crossing. The project is scheduled to be completed by April 8.

Impact to commuters

River Bend Drive will be closed to through traffic beginning at about 10 a.m. Monday. Signs will direct commuters to bypass the construction area by using Lazy Willow, Willow Glen and Turnstone drives.

  • West Sunset Road commuters will be diverted at Lazy Willow.
  • River Bend commuters will be diverted at Turnstone.

El Paso Water Utilities, overseen by the Public Service Board since 1952, operates and maintains four utilities water, wastewater, reclaimed water and stormwater for the El Paso region. With an innovative and diverse water portfolio and the world's largest inland desalination plant, EPWU implements the latest technologies to provide El Paso with high-quality, sustainable water supplies.