Survey: Majority of Ina Road business owners optimistic
Tucson News Now - Results from the Marana Chamber of Commerce Feb. 8 Business Walk are in and the survey shows a majority of businesses owners and/or managers have a positive attitude from the Ina Road improvement project.
Consulting firm LeCroy and Milligan Associates, Inc. prepared the report which surveyed a total of 157 out of 198 eligible businesses along Ina Road. A total of 37 businesses were closed at the time officials visited.
The firm found four businesses had gone out of business, but didn't clarify if it was because of Ina Road construction.
According to the report, nine individuals felt negative attitudes towards and 15 felt unsure.
Some businesses told surveyors they've seen a 40 to 60 percent loss of businesses due to restricted lanes. Other businesses said it's not an issue, just an inconvenience. Some expect a 25 percent decrease in revenue. Businesses that don't rely on walk-in business said it's not a big deal.
As for challenges, many businesses did not like utility workers shutting off the water without warning. Some owners and managers are also concerned about the size of the stop signs used calling them small and hard to see with the barricades.
Others requested if possible, access should stay similar throughout the project.
A majority of businesses told the Marana Chamber of Commerce were happy with what ADOT has done to help improve traffic flow or access to business.
The full report detailing results from the Business Walk can be found HERE.
The purpose of the project was to provide information and answer questions to the businesses impacted by the construction.
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