TUCSON – Drivers have seen construction at Ina Road and Interstate 10 for more than two years.
About two months ago, the ramps opened up. Now the entire project is done.
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“I can remember the night before this project began in February of 2017 standing out there and looking at the roadway and looking how traffic waited for trains to cross, squeezed through two lanes under I-10,” said Tom Herrmann, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Spokesperson. “It really was not conducive to good traffic flow for people getting back and forth from work or wherever they needed to go. It sure gives us a lot of pride to say we now have an interchange that works for that area.”
The big part of the project was reconstructing the interchange. Now there is a bridge that takes drivers over the train tracks, so drivers no longer have to wait on trains to pass.
ADOT also widened I-10 and Ina Road and added bridges over the Santa Cruz River.
“The benefits that we see to that area with the project finished really make us feel very proud of what we’ve been able to do and very happy for the community because we think we’ve provided something that will serve them well for decades to come,” Herrmann said.
It is the third interchange improvement project along I-10. ADOT did the same thing at Prince Road, Twin Peaks Road, and now of course Ina Road. Starting this fall, they will do the same project at Ruthrauff Road.
“We’ll get started on Ruthrauff now,” Herrmann said. “It should take no more than two years. Again, this one will be like Prince where we have primarily an approach from the east and a new interchange over I-10.”
ADOT says that the project should be completed in the fall of 2021.
Now that crews have cleaned up and left at Ina Road and I-10, the speed limits are back to normal in the area.
For more on ADOT’s interchange projects, go HERE.