TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - One of the recreational crown jewels of Pima County is taking a hit from Project Ina.
"I think it's one of the best things the region has ever done," said Town of Marana Engineer Keith Brann, as he talked Wednesday about The Loop bike path, and the ongoing construction that will close one spot of it for the entirety of the two-year project.
According to the Pima County website, the Arizona Department of Transportation project to construct a bridge over Interstate 10 and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at Ina Road will close The Loop south of Ina Road at Ted Walker Road and north of Ina Road at the Crossroads at Silverbell District Park.
County officials said once the bridge project is completed, there will be Loop trail underpasses on each side of the Santa Cruz River, new access ramps to Ina Road and new bike lanes and sidewalks along Ina Road.
But the current inconvenience has cyclists frustrated.
"It's just kind of told the cyclists you're on your own," said Doug Bauman with the Cycling Advocates of Southern Arizona. "The only signage is 'road closure' or 'path closure.'"
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