TxDOT Fort Bliss Gate Consolidation Traffic Study

Minimize traffic operational impact of Fort Bliss gate closure and/or consolidation on surrounding roadways.

Quick Facts

  • Fort Bliss, an army base located on the east side of El Paso, Texas, considered closing and consolidating some of its access control points (ACPs)/gates used by military and civilian personnel and the public

  • Project included impact evaluation, mitigation recommendations, and cost estimates of recommended improvements

  • Future scenarios with forecasted population growth were taken into consideration


  • Developed conceptual improvements to help mitigate the traffic operation challenges caused by consolidating two ACPs

  • Recommend to keep east side ACPs open in addition to the west side ACP consolidation

  • Recommended implementing an active traffic demand management system to better manage gate demand

Our Work

  • Collected traffic count data and performed field observations

  • Used El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Destino regional travel demand model for future traffic forecasts under different scenarios

  • Developed microsimulation models to test strategies to improve peak operational performance associated with the gate consolidation scenarios

  • Stress tested gate consolidation concept with an assumed increase in base population

  • Summarized major findings and developed recommendations, which include conceptual improvement of roadways, active traffic demand management, and regional collaborations

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