TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Arizona Department of Transportation will shut down the eastbound Ina Road Bridge as crews pour concrete on the decks for the new bridge.
The new bridge will eventually carry westbound Ina Road traffic over the Santa Cruz River.
The eastbound bridge, also part of Project Ina, was completed early on and is currently shared by east and westbound traffic.
ADOT Spokesman Tom Hermann said this deck pour is a small part to the project, with an end in sight to detours for drivers.
“We’re really being able to see a difference in what this will be making in the community on both sides of I-10. We know this will make I-10 flow much better during the rush periods, because it will be four lanes instead of three. We know that the interchange will be safer, we know traffic will flow better in the community. This is a really important project for the future of this area and we are excited we’re coming to the home stretch.”
Work is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. both Thursday and Friday, Sept. 13 and 14.
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Drivers can use Silverbell Road - south to Sunset Road or north to Cortaro Road - as an alternate route.
The deck pour was supposed to happen weeks ago, however, ADOT said monsoon storms set back the work. Despite delays, ADOT says Project Ina continues on schedule.
“Pima County’s growing. Northwest Pima County, Marana especially. So this will really open up this part of the county, make it a little easier for drivers,” said Hermann. “I know Cortaro has been very busy, for the past year and a half while we’ve been working on this project. Some of that traffic can come off of Cortaro and come back to Ina and get back to the freeway.”
Portions of the new interchange will begin opening early next year.