Roadkill hazards go beyond initial impact

Roadkill is not an uncommon sight along the rural roads and highways of the borderland. Yet, many people may not be aware of the hazards animal-vehicle collisions can cause. Lois Balin, an urban wildlife biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Urban Wildlife Program helps the El Paso community with professional planning guidance, management recommendations and research associated with wildlife. She said animal and vehicle encounters are not only traffic hazards, but can also pose health problems for a community. “After a certain amount of time they are going to be filled with maggots and hopefully nobody is collecting these animals to eat,” Balin said.

Streetcar construction project nears end of the track in El Paso

After months of railwork, the most disruptive phase of the El Paso streetcar construction project is nearing completion. The route stretches four point eight miles and will connect travelers from El Paso’s international bridges to Downtown and a UT El Paso common parking area. 

Reporter Michael Kelley has this report as crews work to put tracks down across Mesa Street, one of the city’s busiest roadways.