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Ina and I-10 project on schedule

Posted at 8:10 PM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 23:10:09-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's been a big hassle for the thousands of drivers---we're talking about the roadblock at Ina Road and I-10.

The construction is meant to make life much easier for drivers once it's done.

ADOT says the project is on time but that still means drivers---and businesses will need to be patient.

It is a big job to build a bridge over the train tracks at Ina and I-10----a two year job.

The good news is after three months ADOT says the project's on time.  The bad news is, on time means another year and nine months before traffic flows through here again.

Tom Herrmann of ADOT says, “The reward is going to be a much smoother drive on Ina Road here, a much smoother intersection with I-10"

And besides smoother, wider lanes, there will be no more time killing back-ups at the train tracks.  The new bridge will carry cars up and over the tracks.

But you'll need patience in the meantime.  Marana Police say they're seeing more traffic violations and accidents as more cars bypass the barricades.

Fewer drivers are rolling up to the Donut Wheel on Ina.  It's one of the last shops before the roadblock. 

It's good news for the shop the roadwork's on time but they worry about customers detouring somewhere else.

KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith asked Sophia Padilla: “Are you going to be able to hang on for a year and three-quarters of another year?  

Padilla: "We're gonna try to.  We gotta see how it goes but, that's our plan."

And they are hoping for help from a Regional Transportation Authority program to assist businesses hit by construction.