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Roadwork update: Part of Houghton wrapping up. I-10 & Ina to begin

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 21:15:19-04
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Attention drivers:  Your trip's about to become smoother on one major road, and rougher on another.
On Tucson's East Side,Houghton Road is getting a final layer of pavement between Broadway and 22nd.  
On the West, I-10 and Ina is about to start a major reconstruction so cars won't have to stop for passing trains anymore.
Right now, when a train rolls through, everything else stops rolling.
Sometimes drivers try to beat the train, and terrible wrecks may show them what a bad idea that is.
Now ADOT is about to start work on a large overpass to carry cars over the tracks without stopping.
It will be a lot like a similar overpass completed at I-10 and Prince not long ago.
But the prospect of about two years of construction congestion has some businesses worried the work will drive off their customers.  
Construction concerns prompted Chuy's Mesquite Broiler to move out of its location at Ina and I-10 for a new place on Thornydale.
On the East side, work is about to wrap up on Houghton between Broadway and 22nd.
Worker are laying down the final layer of pavement for the widening project.
At Tucson Cleaners, Dave Thomas says about two years of construction drove down business for him and his neighbors by fifteen to twenty percent.
When construction made it tough for customers to get to him, he went to his customers.
He says, “We promoted pickup and delivery service, we've kind of got that going.  We actually go to people houses.  We did contact our customers and we said basically, if you have a hard time getting here we'll come get your stuff for you and process it and deliver it back."
But Thomas thinks the widening was needed and hopes now that it's wrapping up it will drive more customers his way.