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The two year construction project begins at I-10 and Ruthrauff

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TUCSON - Construction continues along Interstate-10. This time, the interchange at Ruthrauff. This weekend, crews will hit the ground running for the next two years.

It is the same concept as the Ina Road Project. The railroad crossing will be gone, so cars will not be waiting for the train. More lanes will be added. The Arizona Department of Transportation's goal is to make your commute safer and hopefully faster.

"During the project, we will drop I-10 down and Ruthrauff will go over the interstate and the railroad tracks with the new bridge," said Arizona Department of Transportation Spokesman Garin Groff.

Thousands of commuters, and at least 40 trains, pass through this area, everyday. However, once this project is complete, waiting for a train will be a thing of the past.

"We will be building an overpass that will carry Ruthrauff over the interstate and most importantly, over the railroad tracks. That means no more waiting for the train. At the same time, we are going to add one lane to each direction of Interstate 10," said Groff.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said starting this weekend, you will not be able to use I-10 and Ruthrauff Road.

"And it will remain closed toward the end of 2021. By fall, Ruthrauff Road will open with the new overpass, and then within a few months after that they exit and entrance ramps will reopen."

Businesses nearby will still be open. Construction has not even started, but Big Tex Trailer World is already feeling the effects.

"Business has slowed down a little but but we are staying optimistic about it turning around. We think it might be a knee jerk reaction to the public," said Big Tex Trailer Manager Denny Daniels.

Daniels said his friend at Freedom RV had the same experience during the Ina Road Project.

"So I spoke to him, Devin Murphy, pretty extensively about what they went through and they felt it as well but they made it through and I'm pretty confident we're going to make it through, too.," said Daniels.

The interchange at I-10 and Ruthrauff Road will be closed starting this weekend. Construction is expected to be complete at the end of 2021.

Allie Potter

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