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Expansions on Grant Road could affect business traffic

Grant Road expansion plans could be finalized by the end of November
Posted at 10:37 PM, Nov 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 00:39:34-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Ghufran Almusawi manages the Al Basha grocery store on Grant road.
"We kind of want to offer what's not available in Tucson right now," Almusawi said.
"Offering kosher products, offering Middle-Eastern, offering African, offering Indian products."
She says they opened their doors four months ago but are already planning for major change in the future.
"Construction on the road in the long run is going to be very helpful for us."
Planning the Grant Road Improvement Project, Sam Credio, Deputy Director of the Tucson Department of Transportation.
"We're going to see the six lanes, three lanes in each direction, bike lanes, sidewalks, street lighting, landscaping."
It's a job Credio says has to be done if Tucson wants to keep up with growth.
"We don't have any cross town freeways here in Tucson and so Grant Road does carry a majority of our traffic throughout the city."
While the work is being done businesses like Bee's Barbershop could be affected, they told KGUN9 they expect to lose some of their parking.
"For us it's more of a challenge because there's still skepticism about the business," Almusawi said.
She says Al Basha is already planning for changes ahead of construction.
"We are trying to find alternate ways to help the business continue to grow, while we have this fork in the road so to speak."
They're planning to open a restaurant on site to offer more products for their customers while work is being done.