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Old 12-29-2013, 06:01 PM   #1
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El Paso and Hwy 375?

Has anyone driven Hwy 375, the Woodrow Bean Trans-mountain Drive, over the Franklin Mountain Pass through Fort Bliss and reconnected with I-10?. Driving through El Paso is always a nightmare. I understand the pass is 5,200 foot in elevation. I understand there is also a lot of construction on 375 and I-10. I'm thinking snow in Jan/Feb also. Any one been over this route recently?

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Old 12-29-2013, 06:19 PM   #2
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I have travelled the transmountain route several times in the past 20 years. It is steep but passable. There is an alternative to the transmountain part. If coming from the Las Cruces take NM 404 to 213 south and then turn east on 375. On my summer trip through there they were working on the west end of 375. Perhaps not of interest but at the eastern base of the transmountain is the National Border Patrol Museum. Free and interesting.

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Old 12-29-2013, 07:16 PM   #3
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Sounds like a plan. I'll definitely take that route when heading north this spring. Thanks...
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:08 AM   #4
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We've done the 375 route a few times both with a 33' 5th wh & Dodge diesel and with a 40' MH diesel. We have found no problems with the route as far as steepness and never any snow problems - even in winter.
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We've driven the route, although it's been awhile, so we're not up on any construction in the area. I prefer the route to I-10, but may try Bob's route next time.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:59 AM   #6
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Transmountain is fine. They do have a couple of pull offs big enough for an RV to stop. The views are wonderful. We were towing a 40 ft 5th wheel and using our exhaust brake and had to barely use the truck brakes.
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We've been over that route several times with our MH pulling our loaded trailer to and from Quartzsite... It's really not that bad, just take your time and keep the speed under control for the downhill. I haven't been near there for more than a year, so no help about construction.
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I work in El Paso so I decided to take loop 375/Transmountain home today to check out the progress of the construction. On the west end of Loop 375 they are rebuilding the interchange with I-10 and making the last stretch of two lane into four. The construction is about 4 miles and the traffic is being routed on the newly completed frontage road, pavement all the way. On the other side of the mountain there is construction between Highway 54 and Dyer, about three miles. This one also has the traffic on the completed frontage road. So I would say that the construction is not a problem.

I would watch the weather because in the rare case of snow in El Paso, they will close Transmountain.

I rarely take NM 404. It is a good two lane road but my wife is a field investigator for NM OMI (coroner) and she gets called to that stretch of road all too often. Just FYI.
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In November, we drove the trans-mountain loop dead heading back to Phoenix. I liked it, but due the construction around 54, we decided not to take it while towing the 5th wheel, on the way back. It will be great when it is complete.
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