MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Project Ina is one step closer to completion.
This week, crews with the Arizona Department of Transportation are setting down the framework for a bridge over the Santa Cruz River.
Workers are placing girders on the bridge, which will eventually carry traffic heading west on Ina Road.
The eastbound bridge is already up and carrying traffic but is currently being shared by vehicles heading both directions. ADOT says the current work is a major milestone for the project.
"These are multi-ton girders we're putting in place to hold up the bridge. ... It'll eventually hold the lanes of traffic that you and I will drive across. So, this is a big milestone to get these girders in place to allow us to finish building this bridge and to get it open to traffic before the end of the year," ADOT spokesman Tom Herrmann said.
Earlier this month, crews set down girders over the future westbound lanes of I-10 in another part of this project.
This progress is good news for drivers and businesses ready to see the $128 million project wrap up.
ADOT says the next major milestone is expected in June when crews hope to reopen the eastbound frontage road from Starcommerce Way to Ina Road.
Meanwhile, Herrmann says Project Ina is on track to be complete by early 2019.