TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Drivers headed towards the Ina Road and I-10 interchange need to budget a little extra time into their drive because construction crews are re-routing westbound traffic on Ina Road to the southern side of the new divided roadway. Eastbound traffic though is staying on the north side.
Arizona Department of Transportation says the reasoning behind the re-route is two-fold. It will help customers have access to businesses in the area near the construction and construction crews can pave the south side of the roadway.
Venise Gomez, the manager of The Homes Direct near the construction, says the construction hasn't affected her business.
"We were pleasantly surprised after the construction started that we have not had a decrease in sales. I was very concerned when we first heard about the construction but as it's gone on ADOT and Marana and everybody has taken great lengths to help us," she said.
The good news for drivers in the area is that the Ina Road Project is near completion. According to ADOT, there are only six months left in the two-year project, putting the project at 75 percent completion.
Once the project hits that milestone and is later fully completed Gomez says she'll be even happier as she comes in to work because things will be easier for her clients and her business.
She says her clients see the construction, "As a negative to make their trek up here and try to get to us. So I'm looking forward to it being easier for our clients to see us and get to us."
Moving forward, ADOT has to finish the westbound I-10 lanes, the bridge and the ramps at I-10. Eastbound Frontage Road is open, but ADOT says that the eastbound exit ramp is going to stay closed until construction crews are done in February or March of 2019.