TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The City of Tucson is preparing to wrap up Phase 2 of the gr ant Road construction project.
On Thursday, Aug. 23, and Friday, Aug. 24, workers will do minor work on some side streets as they prepare to repave the section between Stone and Park.
The work will take place between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday. Stone Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction from Alturas Street to gr ant Road.
Crews will also work along Hampton Street and Santa Rita Avenue.
Friday's restrictions will be between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Stone Avenue and Alturas Street and at gr ant Road and Santa Rita Avenue.
The city expects to start paving on Monday, Aug. 27. The overnight work should take a week meaning Phase 2 should wrap up about a month after.
The city tells Tucson News Now that paving was delayed because of a nationwide oil shortage.
The goal of the entire project - from Oracle to Swan roads - is aimed at widening the five-mile stretch along with improvements to the streetscape and pedestrian areas.
Voters approved the project back in 2006 through a half-cent sales tax as part of the RTA's $2.1 billion plan. Full completion is expected in 2026.
Drivers in the area tell Tucson News Now widening the road was necessary.
"I hope that in the end with the medians and the direction arrows and the one-way that we'll be able to help traffic flow a little bit easier, especially when we're coming up towards the freeway," said Nick Dellaca, who drives through the area frequently.
Meanwhile businesses like Donut King have felt the impact of being in a construction zone.
Owner Sophal Tith said he has seen a decrease in customers of about 30 percent. He said he can't wait for the project to be over.
"It makes it harder for customers to get in and out, and it's kind of hard to turn into the parking lot now even after the construction's done so hopefully after it's done hopefully it'll be more traffic and we'll get our regular customers back."
More more information, go to http://www.grantroad.info/