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I-10 El Paso

A Design that Celebrates the Culture and Context of West Texas

As part of a regional transportation enhancement project, RVi was consulted to provide highway aesthetics design guidelines for ten miles of I-10 in El Paso, Texas. The corridor, beginning at the New Mexico border, included three major intersections that collectively serve as the “gateway” to Texas. The project approach included extensive site inventory/analysis and research of local and regional geography, history, culture, and El Paso’s extensive existing highway aesthetics system.

The design concept developed was intended to bring together a diverse range of existing aesthetics elements within the corridor and develop a Context Sensitive Design vocabulary that could be used for future projects anywhere within TxDOT El Paso District.  The project’s mountainous and desert context, while offering abundant design inspiration and an obvious construction material and color palette, required very careful consideration of sustainable solutions intended to tolerate the harsh environment and reduce long-term maintenance obligations.

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