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El Paso residents worry about safety after repairs on 20-foot wide sinkhole remain stagnant for months

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- A road in Far East El Paso has been closed for nearly three months after repairs on a 20-foot sinkhole remain unfinished.

The sinkhole opened on Mission Ridge Boulevard on August 11th of this year.

Traffic in that area is down to two lanes right now but, that's not the only traffic problem in the area. Many of the surrounding areas remain under construction as well, creating a hassle for drivers.

"It's just been a real inconvenience since it since it happened. Traffic's been backed up on both ways," said Eric Scheck.

Parents in the area are also scared for their children's safety.

"To skip the line they go through our back road over here and they speed their way through our neighborhood," said Mariella Castaneda.

"Sometimes the kids are playing and the cars are coming in through here. Sometimes they're speeding," Alain Saraba.

"A lot of people use this street here. It's a little dangerous for my kids as well because we're out here playing," said Aldo Holguin.

"We still have small kids and stuff like that. We don't have we don't have speed bumps here," said Castaneda.

That's not the area's only traffic problem. Many of the surrounding areas remain under construction.

Mission Ridge lies between Pellicano and Eastlake. Pellicano has been under construction for over two years with no end date set. Alternate routes out of the area include the Vista del Sol relief route and Rojas, which are under construction as well.

"We do have several exits, you know, to take I-10, and pretty much all of them have construction," said Castaneda.

Elementary school Ben Narbuth is off of Bob Hope and Mission Ridge. This sends most traffic back up to Eastlake.

"The schools, the buses go both ways. So the kids are probably it's probably affecting their commutes," said Eric Shiek.

"We know that the community is growing more and more towards the east side, so there's more people that need to commute through here. So they're just trying to find different routes. And of course, it's the roads that we use. So it's a little frustrating," said Holguin.

ABC-7 reached out to El Paso County Public Works for a timeline on the repair as well as the district engineer in charge of the project we have not heard back.

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