Ramps reopen as Ina Road construction greets drivers, businesses happy to have potential customers driving by

Ina Road ramps reopen on I-10

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Car horns could be heard Tuesday as traffic backed up on eastbound Ina Road with drivers fresh off the newly reopened Interstate 10 ramps.

The roughly two-year ADOT project still has some minor work before it is completely finished. The town of Marana should wrap up its roadwork on Ina by the end of April.

In the meantime, some local business managers are just glad to see more potential customers pass by their storefronts.

“We’re happy everybody is going to start coming back and we can get busy again,” said Sophia Padilla, assistant manager of Donut Wheel.

She said the shop has had its ups and downs in the last couple of years, but the biggest hit to their bottom line was the weekday business orders.

“We still have our regulars that get their donut and coffee, but what we were missing is the three dozen, four dozen that people were taking with them,” she said.

Bob Perrill, enjoying his midday snack at a booth, joked that he only takes his order to go when he wants to share with his family.

Throughout construction, he made a point to stop in once a week. He's been visiting the local establishment for close to 20 years.

“I like the people," he said. "I like it’s family oriented, family owned, operated.”

Donut Wheel will celebrate a customer appreciation day on May 4, the same day as the Ina Road Block Party. Multiple businesses along Ina Road will offer deals, discounts and organize special activities.

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