The Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of El Paso have announced that Pope Francis will be visiting Juárez on February 17, 2016. 

During the visit, he is expected to travel a route adjacent to the El Paso-Juárez border for a Mass scheduled at the former Juárez fairgrounds.

Due to the proximity of the motorcade route and the mass to the U.S.-Mexico border, the City of El Paso will restrict travel in downtown and South-Central El Paso.

Enhanced traffic control, including road closures, parking restrictions, and changes to Sun Metro routes and public works services, will be necessary in the interest of the health, safety and welfare of the community and of Pope Francis.

The public’s cooperation and patience in abiding by these restrictions and changes are appreciated.

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Community Meetings

The City of El Paso held a series of community meetings in South-Central to notify residents and businesses of traffic control plans impacting their neighborhoods.

The first three meetings were held at the Armijo Recreation Center gymnasium at 700 E. Seventh Avenue. Meeting time and dates were: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2016; 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 28, 2016; and 6 p.m. Monday, February 1, 2016. 

The final meeting was held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at the Houchen Community Center, 609 S. Tays.

City Offices Closed

The City of El Paso will be operating under a modified work week. All administrative offices will be open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The city is working on Friday in lieu of its regular Wednesday work day due to the papal border visit.

Essential personnel will follow a normal work schedule.