MARANA, Ariz. - A massive construction project on the northwest side is just several months away from its expected end date. The Ina Road Interchange project near I-10 started a year and a half ago.
The Arizona Department of Transportation blocked off Ina Road access to I-10 to add four lanes in each direction to the interstate. Drivers who spoke to KGUN9 say they are more than ready for roads to open up again, and so are employees at Blue 42 and Bedroxx.
"I definitely think we lost some business, obviously with the road being closed you can't come this way on Ina. So you have to find alternate routes and it can be a pain in the butt," said Boo Johnson, Manager, Blue 42 and Bedroxx Bowling
Club Vapor is over on the next block. With access closed, the manager, Jonathan Atchley, says he's lost nearly half his customers who came from the interstate.
"We have less traffic, but we already had kind of a community from this neighborhood, so it hasn't really affected us too, too much. It's only slowed down the clientele from the highway," said Atchley.
The workers tell us they hope the completion of the project stays on track. ADOT says it should be finished in several months.
"It needs to be over. It needs to be done. I've heard rumors that its supposed to be done early 2019, I've also heard rumors that its not going to be done until next June/July. So fingers crossed, early '19. But who knows what's going to happen," said Johnson.
"I think we're going to get a lot more customers. Because the reviews online right now are really positive and most of the people that are snowbirds and stuff that we have coming through, most of our clientele at this location is from people from out of state. So I think it's going to get a lot busier," said Atchley.